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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard as rescue workers move the body of Abd Al Moeed bin Abd Al Salam, a US citizen who blew himself up as security officials raided his apartment on Nov 18, 2011.—Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan carried out the Dec 9 bomb attack on a Rangers’ vehicle on University Road to avenge the killing of Abd Al Moeed bin Abd Al Salam, a US citizen and activist of the militant Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), the banned TTP has claimed.

Three Rangers’ personnel were killed and four others injured in the explosion.

The TTP claim came in a communique posted on ‘jihadi’ internet forums on Thursday.

Moeed, identified by the GIMF as one of its ‘commanders’, was killed in unclear circumstances during a Rangers’ raid on an apartment in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Nov 18.

The Rangers said the suspect had detonated a hand-grenade to evade capture. The TTP claimed: “We are innocent of all the explosions that take place against civilian targets and at public places against Muslim people.”