KARACHI: Four people, including former police inspector Shafiq Tanoli, were killed and five others injured in a suicide bomb blast near old vegetable market here on Thursday.
The suicide bomber blew himself up when Tanoli was sitting with his friends in a shop near his home in old Sabzi Mandi area. Tanoli was the Station House Officer (SHO) of Mawach Goth but he was demoted and suspended this month after he allegedly raided a house in Clifton area illegally.
Seven murder attempts had been committed on him in the past. He was on the hit list of banned outfits.
According to detail, Tanoli also survived a bomb blast some days back in which over five people were killed. He had been attacked twice in Pak Colony, twice in Mauripur, once each in Liaquatabad, Sachal and the latest incident occurred within the jurisdiction of PIB police station.
Rescue and law enforcement agencies personnel rushed to the scene and conduct rescue operation. The explosion was so loud that it was heard by long distance. The windows of the nearby building and shops were partially destroyed in the blast.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nasir Lodhi told PPI that Tanoli was killed along with his friends Dawood, 30; Jalal, 35; and Ijaz, 40, when a suicide bomber targeted a shop in old vegetable market.
Lodhi said that five other people were injured in the blast. Among them were two cops Saleem and Ashique. The cops were on security of Tanoli, said Lodhi.
Police and rescue teams shifted the bodies and injured to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively.
About nature of the blast, an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad said it was a suicide attack. Head of the suspected suicide bomber was also recovered from the blast site, which was being inspected by BDS.
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