KARACHI – A local group of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is behind last Thursday’s bombing at the headquarters of Pakistan Rangers in North Nazimabad area of the metropolis, it has been learnt.

The suicide bomber, who rammed a truck laden with explosives into the two-storeyed building, has also been identified; though a DNA test is yet to be conducted.

Sources privy to the investigation into the blast told this scribe on Wednesday that the bombing at the headquarters of Pakistan Rangers had been carried out by a TTP group hiding in Kanwari Colony of Manghopir area. TTP (area) commander Shair Khan Mehsud had sent Saeed Mehsud to carry out the high-intensity explosion that left three troopers dead and 26 others, including five civilians, wounded, they said while adding that both Shair and Saeed Mehsud hailed form Waziristan.

The sources further said that these revelations came following interrogation of the arrested TTP operatives by investigators of the various agencies in Central Jail, Karachi. 

Crime Investigation Department’s Anti-Extremist Cell SSP Aslam Khan however said they were still looking into the matter. “We are unable to say anything before the completion of the investigation,” he said when contacted.  Spokesperson for the Pakistan Rangers did not respond to phone calls despite repeated attempts of this scribe.

 It may be mentioned here that law-enforcement agencies have failed to chalk out a counter-terrorism strategy ahead of the recently developed organisational structure of the TTP in the country’s commercial hub.