Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari’s chief security officer Bilal Ahmad Sheikh was killed in a suicide bomb blast in southern port city of Karachi Wednesday, police said.
Superintendent Police Imran Shaukat said that the suicide bomber along with another terrorist were chasing Bilal Sheikh’s bulletproof vehicle and blew himself up when he was getting out of his vehicle to buy fruit at the Guru Mandar fruit market in Karachi, the capital city of Sindh province.
Three dead people included Bilal Sheikh, his driver and a fruit seller while 12 others were injured including eight policemen, Shaukat said.
Raja Umar Umar Khitab, Senior Superintendent Police, told media that an estimated four to five kg of explosives were used in the attack.
Pakistan has been hit by a spate of bombings since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn in last month, underscoring the challenges facing the nuclear-armed nation in taming a Taliban-linked insurgency.
A police escort was accompanying Shaikh’s white armoured sports utility vehicle when the attack took place. No one immediately claimed responsibility.
Shaikh – who had survived an earlier assassination attempt near his home in Karachi about a year ago – used to change his routes several times while travelling around Karachi, one of Pakistan’s most violent cities.