Taliban assassinate top anti-terrorism police officer in Pakistan

A security officer yells for help at the site of a bomb attack in Karachi January 9, 2014. A senior Pakistani police officer, known for arresting and killing several Taliban militants in the southern port city of Karachi, was killed along with three associates in the huge bomb blast on Thursday. Having survived several attacks, including a big blast that razed his house in 2011, Crime Investigation Department (CID) chief Chaudhry Aslam was targeted in his armoured vehicle, as he drove in a convoy along a quiet road. The blast was so huge it was heard across Karachi, residents from several localities said. (Reuters)

From BBC: A senior police officer known in Pakistan for campaigning against the Taliban has been killed in a bomb blast in Karachi. Chaudhry Aslam, the head of the city’s anti-terror operations, and at least two others died in an attack on a police convoy in the Essa Nagri area of the city, reports say.

Aslam had survived a number of previous attempts on his life. The Pakistani Taliban said they carried out Thursday’s attack.

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