Pakistan: TTP JA claim responsibility for killing 7 policemen guarding polio teams

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TTP JA press release to media 

On Wednesday, Taliban group Jamaat ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for attacks on 2 polio teams in Orangi Town, Karachi killing 7 policemen guarding health workers.

Dawn media reported,

“’It was around 2pm when eight suspects riding four motorbikes attacked a stationary police mobile van, killing three officials sitting in it before shooting down another policeman standing at a shop in Bangla Bazaar, Orangi-15,’ said Karachi-West DIG Feroze Shah.

While fleeing, the attackers killed three other policemen, who were guarding polio workers in a congested locality, about 400 metres from the place of the first attack, added the officer.”

The dead were named by the paper as Malik Rustam, Ghazi Khan, Yasin, Ismail, Ghulam Rasool, Wazir Ali and Daimuddin.

TTP JA statement

Breaking News Tehreek e Taliban Jamaat ul Arar takes responsibility of the attack on police personnel in Karachi. This attack is part of continuing attacks on security personnel and police which will continue periodically. Allah willing we are fighting for the implementation of Islamic system in Pakistan. The war will continue till the achievement of this objective Allah willing.

Ehsanullah Ehsan

TTP Jamaat ul Ahrar

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The attack on this occasion appeared to be targeting police, polio was not mentioned in the statement. TTP JA have however recently released a fatwa on polio citing the behaviour of the CIA as follows:-

https://activist1.wordpress.com/2016/03/06/pakistan-taliban-ttp-ja-posts-fatwa-stating-mistrust-of-vaccine-and-behaviour-of-cia/

Police have offered a reward of 5 million rupees (£33,000) for information on the killers and 2 million rupees (£13,000) compensation to the victims’ families.

Links

“Conversation with Taliban on polio, education, non harbis and a dominant narrative”

https://activist1.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/conversation-with-taliban-on-polio-education-non-harbis-and-a-dominant-narrative/

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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