Photo shows spokesman for banned militant outfit, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack on Rangers force in Karachi which killed four security personnel and injured four others on Wednesday.

Speaking to Dawn.Com from an undisclosed location, outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the rangers had been targeted because of their enmity towards Taliban.

Four Rangers personnel were killed and as many injured when a van carrying a dozen of paramilitary soldiers came under attack in Karachi’s Korangi neighbourhood earlier this evening.

The Rangers, along with police, had been carrying out operations against militants and criminal gangs in the metropolis.

The TTP spokesman said that the law enforcement agencies are protectors of secular rulers who had been following “the outsiders’ agenda and are part of a secular system.”

To a query about attack on the WAPDA grid station in Peshawar and the brutal killings of WAPDA officials, he said, “No we are not involved and we disown this attack, we have no role in it.”

Ehsan remarked that attacks on WAPDA, PTCL and public interests installations are against the policy of the Taliban.

To a query, that whether the TTP had changed their policy of attacking government installations like, schools, hospitals, WAPDA and other administrative offices, he said, “Yes we would no more be attacking the public interests buildings and civic organisations, and condemn such attacks.”

“We have not kidnapped any official from the Badbher area as we don’t know who had attacked the grid station,” he replied to a query.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said in a press release that the Taliban are disowning the attack to avert immense social pressure mounted on them.

"Credible and irrefutable evidence reveals that terrorists (TTP) had targeted Sheikh Muhammad Grid Station in Peshawar's Badbher area, killing seven police and WAPDA officials and causing huge financial loss amounting to billions of rupees to the national exchequer," said the press release.

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