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Hizbul Ahrar claims responsibility for Shia policeman targeted murder

Deobandi takfiri terrorist group Hizbul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for killing of Shia policeman Ahmed Abbas. The same group claimed to have killed police cop last week but CTD police said that the police is not giving credence to such claims.

“This is partly because Hizbul Ahrar — in the same statement — had also claimed responsibility of terrorist activity in Sakran area of Balochistan on Oct 2. However, no such incident had occurred there,” CTD Police official Umer Khattab said, adding that while this outfit had also claimed responsibility of some terror incidents in Punjab, the law enforcement agencies there were also not giving much importance to these claims.
The CTD official claimed that while Hizbul Ahrar had surfaced around two years ago, “there is no evidence that it exists in Karachi.”
Syed Ahmed Abbas Rizvi, son of Syed Ghazanfar Mehdi, posted at the New Karachi Police Station was martyred near an Imam Bargah in New Karachi yesterday. An investigation into the incident is underway. “Police are investigating the murder from three different angles,” Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) official Raja Umar Khattab said.
Police officials who visited the crime scene said that the victim had drawn money from a bank and was travelling in a rickshaw with his father when armed men riding a motorcycle fired a single shot at him from close range.
Apart from a possible robbery, investigators are also looking at the case from the angle of the targeted killing of a police official.
The possibility of the attack being a sectarian killing has not been ruled out either, the official said.
“Initial probe of the case revealed that there was no sign of resistance, therefore we are focusing more on terror and sectarian aspects behind the murder,” Khattab said.
This is the second such incident to take place in Karachi over the span of a week. Last week, a traffic police official was gunned down at Karachi’s Matka Chowk by unidentified assailants.
The assailants had fled the scene towards Surjani Town after opening fire at Gulzar-e-Hijri Traffic Police Officer Muhammad Rafiq, son of Ahmed Khan.
Banned Deobandi takfiri terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a subsidiary of Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ), had been claiming targeted killings of Shia Muslims.

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