At least nine, including five policemen, were killed and 20 others injured in Wednesday’s attack on the Raiwind Markaz of the Tableeghi Jamaat.
TTP claims responsibility for blast near Tableeghi Markaz congregation. According to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), four suspected militants tried to enter the Tableeghi Jamaat gathering but were stopped by policemen.
The suicide bomber blew himself up at the Nisar Police check-post near the Tableeghi Markaz after a cop tried to stop him from entering the venue where a bi-annual congregation was under way, while the remaining managed to flee from the spot. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility and released an image of the suicide bomber.
“It was at around 9:20pm when a teenage boy approached the police personnel. When a policeman tried to stop him, he blew himself up injuring all of the 12 police personnel present there,” DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf told Dawn, adding that five of those cops, including two sub-inspectors, later succumbed to their injuries. He said that four civilians had also lost their lives in the attack, while the condition of some of those injured, being treated at various hospitals, is said to be critical. Those injured include an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) and two station house officers.
According to Rescue-1122 officials, the attack took place a few kilometres from the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.