At least eight people have died in a suicide car bomb attack aimed at a top Pakistani policeman.
A vehicle packed with explosives was driven into the home of the senior counter-terrorism officer in Karachi. He survived unhurt. Police guards and a boy and his mother heading to school were killed.
“Suddenly there was a huge blast. We came out to see what had happened,” said eyewitness Ghulam Fareed. “We saw this destruction, these cars, this crater, this devastation.”
Karachi is Pakistan’s biggest and most unstable city. Aside from militancy, it is plagued by ethnic and political violence.
The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying other Karachi police officials are also on its hit list. The group has stepped up attacks since May, vowing to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US special forces.