Another senior cop shot dead in Karachi

“The killing of three senior ranking officers in 15 days is quite unusual,” a senior police officer said.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sun 17 May 2015, 12:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

Karachi — A lone gunman on a motorbike shot dead a senior police officer in the volatile southern city Karachi on Friday, police said, the third in an sudden spate of killings targeting senior officers in the city.

“The killing of three senior ranking officers in 15 days is quite unusual,” a senior police officer said.

“Earlier, low-ranking policemen like constables and assistant sub-inspectors were being targeted, but now the pattern is changing.”

It was unclear who was behind the shootings, or even if they are linked. Friday’s killing of Superintendent Ejaz Haider was claimed by both a Taleban spokesman and a Twitter account purporting to be from a breakaway group of militants who have sworn allegiance to Daesh, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi communications.

Neither claim could be immediately verified. Pakistani authorities doubt that Daesh has operational links with Pakistani militants.

The shooting of Haider follows Wednesday’s massacre of 45 commuters in Karachi. That attack was also claimed by militants who swore allegiance to Daesh.

Leaflets left at the scene denounced extrajudicial police executions and named one officer accused of involvement in a number of killings.

Police publicly deny killing suspects but privately many people say the country’s broken judicial system means they must either kill militant suspects or see them walk free. Police said Haider’s shooting might be motivated by a personal grudge.

So far 48 policemen have been killed in Karachi this year, compared to 142 last year. — Reuters

 



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