A senior Pakistani judge overseeing anti-terror cases was Wednesdsay critically wounded in a Taliban attack that left nine security personnel dead on a busy street in the country’s biggest city here.
Justice Maqbool Baqar,senior Judge of the Sindh High Court,was heading to the court when an IED believed to be attached to a motorbike exploded near his motorcade. Police spokesman Imran Shaukat said those killed included the driver of the judge’s car,six policemen and two rangers personnel who were part of the security convoy for the judge.
At least a dozen people were also injured in the powerful blast caused by an IED device weighing around seven kilograms, he said. Justice Baqar,who was believed to be on the hit-list of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,was said to be out of danger at a private hospital.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. We claim responsibility for the attack on the Sindh High Court judge as he had delivered verdicts against Muslims and particularly the Mujahideen, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
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