Security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast that targeted senior police official Chaudhry Aslam at Essa Nagri, Karachi, yesterday.
KARACHI: A powerful explosion targeted a convoy of police vehicles in Karachi yesterday killing senior police official Chaudhry Aslam Khan.
Additional Inspector-General Iqbal Mehmood confirmed to reporters that DSP CID Chaudhary Aslam Khan was killed in the attack, which took place around 4.40pm in Karachi’s Essa Nagri area near the Lyari Expressway.
Television reports saying at least three other policemen were killed and several injured in the attack.
The Mohmand agency chapter of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sajjad Mohmand, a spokesman for the militant group said Aslam was targeted for carrying out operations against the TTP. “Aslam was involved in killing Taliban prisoners in CID cells in Karachi and was on the top of our hit-list,” he said.
Television channels showed that the powerful blast completely destroyed the bullet-proof car of the slain police officer.
Tributes and condolence messages started pouring in from several high-profile politicians and officials.
“Chaudhry Aslam was a brave officer,” said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “We will not let the will of the nation be crushed by these cowardly acts by terrorists.”
An average of six people per day are killed in Karachi and Former Police Chief Ahmed Farooqi has said that the violence is beyond the control of law enforcement.
By 2013 the murder rate had doubled to about a dozen per day.