KARACHI (AFP) – Pakistan’s Taleban warned yesterday of more attacks against law enforcement officers, a day after four people were killed when a suicide squad stormed a police compound in Karachi.
The police are often used on the frontline of Pakistan’s battle with the Taleban and frequently a target of militants who accuse them of extra-judicial killings.
Last month, more than 80 officers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a mosque inside a police compound in the northwestern city of Peshawar, sparking criticism from some junior ranks, who said they were having to do the army’s work.
“The policemen should stay away from our war with the slave army, otherwise the attacks on the safe havens of the top police officers will continue,” Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) said yesterday in an English-language statement.
“We want to warn the security agencies once again to stop martyring innocent prisoners in fake encounters otherwise the intensity of future attacks will be more severe.”
On Friday evening, a Taleban suicide squad stormed the sprawling Karachi Police Office compound in the southern port city, prompting an hours-long gun battle that ended when two of the attackers were shot dead and a third blew himself up.
Two police officers, an army ranger and a civilian sanitary worker died in the attack, officials said.
The tightly guarded compound in the heart of the city is home to dozens of administrative and residential buildings as well as hundreds of officers and their families.