DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide blasts in Karachi in which seven people were killed on Friday, Express News reported Saturday.
The blasts had injured at least 48 people and damaged around 10 shops along with nearby vehicles on the road leading to Ancholi.
TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said that these attacks were in reaction to the November 25 Ashura violence in Rawalpindi which killed at least 11 people and the drone attack on November 21 in which six were killed and at least eight others were injured.
The TTP threatened that such attacks would continue if those responsible for the violence in Rawalpindi are not brought to justice and the drone strikes do not stop.
On November 21, a senior leader of the Haqqani network and five others were killed on Thursday when a US drone fired missiles on a seminary in Tal tehsil in Hangu — in the first such strike on the settled areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
At least eight people were also injured in the attack.
A district government official had said on the condition of anonymity that US drones fired four missiles on the Madrassah Miftakhul Quran at around 4:30am in which a Haqqani Group Taliban commander and spiritual leader, Maulvi Ahmad Jan, was killed.
On November 15, sectarian clashes had erupted at an Ashura procession near Fawara Chowk, that left at least 11 people dead and over 78 injured. Unidentified people had also set a portion of the cloth market in Raja Bazaar on fire.