Taliban suicide bomber kills six on Pakistan police headquarters
LAHORE: In a brazen attack, a Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday
blast himself killing six people on the police headquarters in Pakistan’s Lahore
City, in what militants called a revenge bid for the recent hangings of
It was the third in a series of high-profile attacks in the
last month triggered by a government decision in December to begin hanging
those convicted of terror attacks, reversing an informal six-year moratorium on
the death penalty.
“We claim the attack in Lahore because the government is
killing our men in prison,” said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for powerful Taliban
splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
“We will get revenge for every man and our struggle will
continue until Sharia is instituted in the country,” he said, referring to Islamic
In the Pakistani incident, Punjab police chief Mushtaq Sukhera
said a policeman and four civilians were among the dead. Jam Hussain, a
spokesman for the emergency services, said six bodies had been recovered along
with the attacker’s.
At least 23 people were injured, said Khawaja Salman Rafique,
health adviser to the chief minister of Punjab. Casualties would have been much
greater if the police had not been alert and kept out the bomber, Lahore police
chief Amin Wains told reporters at the attack site.
“It was a suicide blast, the bomber blew up prematurely
outside the police offices,” he added. “That he could not enter the offices
shows our security was successful.”