KARACHI: A suicide blast in the Old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi left four people including police inspector Shafiq Tanoli dead and 15 other people injured, Express News reported on Thursday.
“The blast killed police official Shafiq Tanoli and three others and wounded 15 others including Tanoli’s three guards,” senior local police official Tanvir Ahmad Tunio told AFP.
He said the bomb targeted Tanoli.
A local senior police official, Raja Umar Khitab, confirmed that it was suicide attack.
“The bomber came walking in the shop and blew himself up,” he added.
Another local police official confirmed the attack and casualties.
The police inspector has been targeted at least seven times before.
One of Tanoli’s brothers, Rasheed, told the media that his uncle and cousin were among the deceased as well.
Tanoli’s family members had borne the brunt of his work in the past. Tanoli’s younger brother, Naveed, was killed the same day when Tanoli, the then SHO of Supermarket Police Station, had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar. Tanoli was the investigating officer for the murder case.
The injured in today’s attack, who also include Tanoli’s family members, were taken to local hospitals for medical assistance.
Rescue teams and the police have reached the site of the explosion and a shop was destroyed in the blast as well.
An Express News screengrab showing the inside of Tanoli’s house.
According to hospital sources, the post-mortem examination of the police inspector is complete. The post-mortem report stated that there were serious injuries on Tanoli’s head, face and chest caused by the explosive material which resulted in his death.
The man, who was always determined to fight violence, joined the police force in 1989 when he was in his early twenties. He was also active during the army operation in the 1990s – a time when officers were scared to mention they were from the police force.
Tanoli had also worked for the CID, and was involved in the arrest of Lyari’s Arshad Pappu, inviting the wrath of his followers. He had been attacked twice in Pak Colony, twice in Mauripur, once each in Liaquatabad, Sachal and Old Sabzi Mandi.