TTP warns of extra assaults in opposition to police

KARACHI: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) warned Saturday of extra assaults in opposition to regulation enforcement officers, a day after 4 folks have been killed when militants stormed a police compound in Karachi.

“The policemen ought to keep away from our warfare with the slave military, in any other case the assaults on the protected havens of the highest law enforcement officials will proceed,” TTP mentioned Saturday in an English-language assertion.

“We wish to warn the safety businesses as soon as once more to cease martyring harmless prisoners in faux encounters in any other case the depth of future assaults might be extra extreme.”

On Friday night, gunmen stormed the sprawling Karachi Police Workplace compound, prompting an hours-long gun battle that ended when two of the attackers have been shot lifeless and a 3rd blew himself up.

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Two law enforcement officials, a military ranger and a civilian sanitary employee died within the assault, officers mentioned.

The tightly guarded compound within the coronary heart of the town is house to dozens of administrative and residential buildings in addition to a whole bunch of officers and their households.

Fierce gun battle

Inside minister Rana Sanaullah advised SAMAA TV the assailants entered the compound after firing a rocket on the gate earlier than seizing the primary Karachi Police Workplace constructing and taking refuge on the roof.

The sound of gunfire and grenade blasts echoed by the neighbourhood for hours as safety forces slowly made their method up 5 flooring to finish the siege.

The bullet-riddled stairwells gave proof of the fierce gun battle that unfolded.

The TTP, which is separate from the Afghan Taliban however with an identical elementary ideology, emerged in Pakistan in 2007 and carried out a horrific wave of violence that was largely crushed by a navy operation launched in late 2014.

However assaults – largely focusing on safety forces – have been on the rise once more for the reason that Afghan Taliban seized management of Kabul in August 2021 and a shaky months-long ceasefire between the TTP and Islamabad resulted in November final yr.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to stamp out the violence.

“Pakistan is not going to solely uproot terrorism however will kill the terrorists by bringing them to justice,” he tweeted late Friday.

“This nice nation is decided to finish this evil eternally.”

Condemning the assault, State Division spokesman Ned Worth mentioned the US stands “firmly with the Pakistani folks within the face of this terrorist assault. Violence just isn’t the reply, and it should cease.”

Provinces across the nation introduced they have been on excessive alert after the Peshawar assault, with checkpoints ramped up and additional safety forces deployed.

“There’s a normal menace throughout the nation, however there was no particular menace to this place,” Inside Minister Sanaullah mentioned of Friday’s Karachi assault.

Of their assertion, the Taliban referred to as the raid “a blessed martyrdom” and warned of extra to return.

“This assault is a message to all of the anti-Islamic safety businesses of Pakistan… the military and police might be focused at each vital place till the way in which for implementation of the Islamic system within the nation is paved,” it mentioned.