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SHO Shafiq Tanoli among 4 killed in Karachi suicide blast

25 April, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistani security officials inspect the site of a bomb attack in Karachi.
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KARACHI: A suicide blast in the Old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi left four people including police inspector Shafiq Tanoli dead and 15 other people injured, media reported on Thursday.

Information gathered by rescue and police sources revealed that suicide bomber entered into a tailor shop near house of Tanoli in old fruit market area where Shafiq Tanoli and a few other people were present.

The bomber detonated his vest killing four people on the spot, including Shafiq Tanoli and his relatives.

The police inspector has been targeted at least seven times before.

One of Tanoli's brothers, Rasheed, told the media that his uncle and cousin were among the deceased as well.

Tanoli's family members had born the brunt of his work in the past. Tanoli's younger brother, Naveed, was killed the same day when Tanoli, the then SHO of Supermarket Police Station, had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar. Tanoli was the investigating officer for the murder case.

The injured in today's attack, who also include Tanoli's family members, were taken to local hospitals for medical assistance.

Rescue teams and the police have reached the site of the explosion and a shop was destroyed in the blast as well.

It may be recalled that Shafiq Tanoli was suspended last month on court orders over a raid in Clifton, and had been facing threats from terrorists for carrying out several operations.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Meanwhile, at least nine persons including a woman were killed in separate incidents of firing and violence.

A man namely Asghar Ali was shot dead near Abdullah College area while another man was killed in firing on a car in Manghopir area while two dead bodies were found from Mayo Shah Graveyard in the limits of Pak Colony Police Station.

According to police both the men were kidnapped and then murdered. The victims were identified as Mohsin and Habib. They were residents of Pakistan Quarters area in Garden.

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