Taliban attack kills 12 security personnel, injures Pakistan’s top Judge

June 26, 2013 | By More

June 27, AP – A motorcycle carrying a bomb detonated during morning rush hour near the motorcade of a High Court judge on Wednesday. At least six policemen and two paramilitary Rangers from the judge’s security team died in the attack.

human rights observers - Taliban attack kills 12 security personnel, injures pakistans top judge intl. news1

A bombing in Karachi has left a top judge injured and several of his security team dead. The Taliban targeted the Shiite court official for his “un-Islamic” rulings.

The Sindh High Court judge, Maqbool Baqir, sustained injuries and was transported to a hospital soon after the blast. He was reportedly in stable condition.

Baqir, a member of the minority Shiite community, had received threats for over a year, according to a local police official.

“He received threats from the Taliban and [extremist group] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Other militants had also threatened him,” police official Ameer Sheikh said.

Karachi, a city of over 18 million known for a high rate of violence, has seen a rise in sectarian and gang-related attacks in recent months.

A Taliban spokesperson later claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying that judge Baqir’s verdicts went “against Islam and Muslims.”

“He gave many un-Islamic decisions,” Taliban spokesperson Ahsanullah Ahsan said.

The Taliban had also carried out an attack on a government supporter in the northwest Pakistan province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday. The victim’s nephew and another relative, whose relationship to the victim was unclear, died in the attack.

Associated press journalist for human rights observers – Dawar Shah, reports from the region.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Category: International

Comments are closed.