Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at the crime scene.– DawnNews
A second claim of responsibility for the killing of 7 policemen guarding polio workers in Karachi on Wednesday was sent to the media by Pakistan Tehreek e-Taliban (TTP). Dawn News reported,
“DIG West Feroz Shah told DawnNews that eight gunmen riding four motorcycles carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the neighbourhood.
‘The gunmen first opened fire on three policemen in the streets of Orangi Town, killing them all,’ he said, adding: ‘Later they shot dead four policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van” a few streets away.'”
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TTP statement reads,
“Pakistan Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan’s sharp shooter squad belonging to STF successfully carried out an attack on 20 April in Karachi killing 7 police personnel. Mujahideen commandos managed to dissappear successfully. Claims by the government of their arrest are lies. Note: due to no confirmation, TTP’s central media delayed acceptance of responsibility. Now contact has been made with Karachi’s STF command and by the grace of Allah the Mujahideen are safe and sound.”
Central spokesperson Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan
An earlier claim of responsibility was made by Ehsanullah Ehsan the spokesperson for another Taliban group Tehreek- e -Taliban Jamaat ul Arar (TTPJA) and can be read here,
The vaccination programme has been beset by problems with polio workers accused of spying and being part of a western plot to sterilize children. Security concerns grew following CIA attempts to use the cover of a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to try to obtain DNA samples from Osama bin Laden later killed in his compound by US Navy Seals.
No health workers were harmed in this incident though they remain vulnerable to attack and on the hit list of some insurgent groups.
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”.