The Taliban yet again show that the Pakistani government’s promises to eradicate them have been hollow. “Bombing of Karachi’s anti-terror HQ kills 18,” by Amanda Hodge in The Australian, November 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
MILITANTS have destroyed the headquarters of Karachi’s main anti-terrorist agency in a massive suicide blast that killed 18 people and signalled an ominous expansion of the Taliban insurgency spreading through the nuclear-armed nation.
More than 130 people were wounded in the attack by at least six terrorists who hit the heavily secured Criminal Investigation Department compound at about 8.20pm on Thursday (2.20am yesterday, AEDT), lobbing grenades and exchanging gunfire with guards before ramming a truck piled with up to 1000kg of explosives into a boundary wall.
Several officials yesterday compared the strike – one of the largest on the southern city – with the September 2008 bombing of Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel, which killed about 60 people.
The latest bombing destroyed several buildings, leaving people trapped beneath the rubble and a crater more than 12m wide in front of the site. The force of the bomb shattered windows within a 3km radius and severed power supplies in the city….
Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban yesterday claimed responsibility for the attack.
Spokesman Azam Tariq said: “They used to arrest and torture our comrades here. We will target everyone who does this in the same way.”
Other reports suggested the attackers were from the al-Qa’ida and Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Janghvi, and were attempting to storm the compound to free seven militants arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting to strike at Shia Muslim processions in the city….