Rangers personnel patrol a street near the site of a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo
Rangers personnel patrol a street near the site of a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo
A Rangers soldier stands near a vehicle, with blood stains on a seat, after a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo
A Rangers soldier stands near a vehicle, with blood stains on a seat, after a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo
Rangers personnel patrol a street near the site of a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo
Rangers personnel patrol a street near the site of a bomb attack in Karachi January 29, 2014.—Reuters Photo

KARACHI: Three bomb blasts including a suicide attack targeting security personnel in Karachi killed at least four people on Wednesday, officials said.

The dead included three paramilitary Rangers and a private security guard, while four others were wounded.

In the first incident, two IEDs were placed close to a Rangers' checkpost in the busy North Nazimabad neighbourhood, killing one soldier and wounding three when they were detonated remotely.

“These were the IEDs which were installed in cement blocks targeting Rangers,” senior police officer Amir Farooqi said.

Later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the Rangers' headquarters located in the same area of the city, killing two troops and a civilian security guard, and wounding another.

“The suicide attacker walked in and tried to enter into the gate when he was intercepted by the security officials and he blew himself up,” Farooqi said.

A spokesman for the Rangers confirmed the toll. “The Rangers personnel who spotted and intercepted the suicide bomber will be awarded highest Rangers gallantry award,” he added.

The injured were rushed to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

Speaking to Dawn.com from an undisclosed location via telephone, s spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The blasts came hours before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his government was ready to give another chance to peace talks despite a recent spate of attacks and suicide bombings by the militants.

Sharif announced a four-member committee to facilitate the dialogue process.

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the Taliban have convened a meeting of the Shura (council) to “assess the committee formed by the federal government for peace talks.”

Earlier this month a Taliban suicide attacker killed one of Pakistan's best-known policemen, Chaudhry Aslam Khan, famed for his fearless work tackling militants in the city.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes 42 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, has been plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence for years.

Pakistan has endured a bloody start to the year with more than 100 people killed in attacks in January.

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Asif Ali
Jan 29, 2014 07:11pm

A very heartbreaking news of bomb blast in north nazimabad karachi wich killed 4 policemen & 1 private security gurd, Allah may rest the departed soul in heaven & give courage to the affected families to meet the loss of lives & money, my heartiest feelings are with them, The Govt should take proper measures to protect the lives of people,

ARIF
Jan 29, 2014 07:34pm

Same type of incident happening in IRAQ, YEMEN.

Is any super power behined ?

sajid
Jan 29, 2014 08:41pm

This is terrible but pml(n) has a solution we will ask them to "talk to us please" if they refuse like they have refused for the last 5 years we will then ask again but more nicely

Mumbai-Pune Express
Jan 29, 2014 10:12pm

After some day, TTP will claim that Karachi and Peshawar are now their Major ports.

numbersnumbers
Jan 29, 2014 10:25pm

Note that the Taliban is STILL "talking" with bombs and bullets while the government dithers away more lives begging for "talks"! Note that there is never a "where, when, with who" timeframe for these illusionary "talks" that the government still pretends will end all the violence! The government's resolve in this crisis would make Neville Chamberlin proud!

Kris
Jan 30, 2014 12:19am

I do not understand what the government of Pakistan is thinking when it says that it is going to have talks with TTP. They are killing law enforcement personnel and innocent civilians on a daily basis. It seems that in the present circumstances, the talks will be at the terms of TTP. The government may just as well resign and let the TTP take over.

independentthinker
Jan 30, 2014 04:13am

Does our Prime Minister need any additional proof that these barbarians don't need to be talked to? They need to be crushed immediately - for someone who has no value of their own lives - how can we expect them to value others. Our religion prohibits one from committing suicide. These Talibans are trying to promote our religious beliefs by disregarding its teaching, from the beginning. They absolutely don't deserve to be treated as humans.