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The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to launch new attacks on security forces after the attack, which the movement claimed, on police headquarters in Karachi, which killed 4 people.

In today’s Saturday statement, the movement said that “the police must distance themselves from the war we are waging against the army … otherwise attacks on the headquarters of high-ranking police officers will continue.”

“We are once again warning the security authorities to stop harassing innocent prisoners in staged clashes, otherwise future attacks will be more serious,” the statement said.

The movement claimed responsibility for the attack on two police officers in Karachi, less than 3 weeks after the suicide attack on a mosque located on the grounds of police headquarters in Peshawar (NW), which killed more than 80 police officers.

On Friday evening, a Taliban suicide squad stormed a sprawling police station in Karachi, the economic and financial capital of the country’s south. A firefight ensued that lasted several hours and ended with two of the attackers being shot dead and a third blowing himself up.

“Four people were killed in the attack: two police officers, a paramilitary member and a maintenance worker,” said Karachi-based Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab Siddiqi.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the three attackers killed were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (NW), a Pakistani Taliban stronghold where the January attack took place, according to a senior investigator.

The investigator said: “They entered the police building through the back door used by the duty police.”

The tightly controlled complex, located in the heart of the city, includes dozens of administrative and residential buildings and accommodates hundreds of police officers with their families.

Source: AFP.

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