Senior policeman survives Pakistan suicide blast, 8 dead

By REUTERS
September 19, 2011 08:48

KARACHI - At least eight people were killed, including six policemen, after a Taliban suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the home of a senior police official in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi on Monday.

The six policemen were guarding the home of Karachi's Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam, who survived the attack, said police official Naeem Shaikh, adding that a woman and a child were also killed in the blast in which police said 300 kgs (136 lbs) of explosives were used.

Aslam told reporters that he has received threats from militant groups, including Pakistani Taliban insurgents, who are close to al-Qaida.

"I was sleeping when they carried out this cowardly act and rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into my house," said Aslam at the scene of the blast. "I will not be cowed. I will teach a lesson to generations of militants."


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