Retired army major shot dead in Karachi's DHA, TTP claims responsibility

Published: December 12, 2015
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KARACHI: A retired major of the Pakistan Army was shot dead on Saturday in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area in an attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Soon after the attack on Major (retd) Ahsan Raza, 52, in DHA Phase-I, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a statement claimed responsibility.

“Two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at Raza, in the early hours of Saturday,” a duty officer at Defence Police Station told The Express Tribune.

Two military police personnel shot dead in Karachi

The body of the deceased was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) soon after the incident.

TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani in a statement said that the special task force unit of the group carried out the attack in Karachi, along with an attack on a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Peshawar, and a blast in Quetta which killed one Frontier Corps official.

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One FC personnel killed, three injured in Quetta blast

At least one soldier was killed and four others wounded including a passerby when a bomb exploded at a paramilitary checkpoint in Quetta, police said.

The bomb, planted close to the Frontier Corps (FC) checkpoint went off early Saturday when soldiers reached the site for daily duty in Quetta, senior police official Abdul Waheed Khattak told AFP.

“It was an IED (improvised explosive device) which exploded the moment soldiers reached the checkpoint,” Khattak said.

One FC personnel killed, three injured in Quetta blast

He added the blast killed one soldier and wounded four others including a teenager passing the site at the time of the explosion. “(The) condition of another soldier is also critical,” Khattak said.

Sajjad Ahmad, a senior official from FC, confirmed the attack and casualties.

Thousands of paramilitary troops are deployed in troubled areas of the country to carry out security checks and to help police in maintaining law and order.

Police thwart target killing attempt in Peshawar

CTD official injured in Peshawar attack

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jandad Khan, of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), was critically injured when unidentified gunmen on a motorcycled opened fire at him in Peshawar.

According to police officials, the targeted attack came in the early hours of Saturday at Faqir Kalay police station in Peshawar’s Faqirabad area.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Farru
    Dec 12, 2015 - 12:56PM

    This shows these barbarians are still active in Karachi. I hope military will further improve its intelligence and break these networks.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Dec 12, 2015 - 1:03PM

    This could be MQM’s TTPRecommend

  • Tufan agha
    Dec 12, 2015 - 2:51PM

    What if MQM is using the guise of TTP. LikelyRecommend

  • Hammad
    Dec 12, 2015 - 2:52PM

    operation is only against MQM and all others are having a good vacation

    regardsRecommend

  • Bisma
    Dec 12, 2015 - 4:14PM

    Too sadRecommend

  • Salaar khan
    Dec 12, 2015 - 7:20PM

    Hammad please do not fabricate the truth, karachi operation is against all terrorists and target killers. Very sad that they killed a retired army officer but it also shows their weakness and inability to carryout large scale terrorist activities. And it all happened only because of successful operation zarb-e-azb. At this moment we need to support our armed forces.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 12, 2015 - 8:05PM

    Very sad but all our brave retired soldiers and officers must not forget that they are only retired from country’s service but not from the record maintained by Pakistan’s enemies. They should remain vigilant, smart and active. Don’t let your weapons and yourself rust. Also never forget that enemy is wounded but not defeated. Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Dec 12, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @Tufan agha: TTP is telling that they have done it but in spite of that you are maligning MQM. This way you are showing your bias that is so sad……only with justice and fairness can the Pakistani nation rise…..May Allah guide us all.Recommend

  • Mohammad Mustafa
    Dec 13, 2015 - 12:06AM

    I bring the notice all viewer that Mr. A J Khan is a senseless person. Recommend

  • Dec 25, 2015 - 1:39AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Really sad news. May Allah his soul in eternal peace and grant patience to his family and friends. We the brothers in Arms from PMA L /C pay our condolence on this loss. Recommend

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