TTP claims responsibility for Karachi, Rawalpindi blasts

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The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Thursday claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks targeting mourning processions in Karachi and Rawalpindi, which killed 34 people.
TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan while talking to a private TV, said that the TTP was responsible for the blasts carried out a day earlier near Imambargahs in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
While giving details of the attacks Ehsanullah said that the organisation had carried out a suicide blast in Rawalpindi whereas the twin explosions in Karachi were planted bombs.
“We carried out the attacks (on Wednesday) in Rawalpindi and Karachi because the Shiite community is engaged in defiling the Prophet,” he added
The statement came after the TTP had claimed responsibility for two earlier blasts on the same day in Bannu and Shangla areas, bringing the tally of cities targeted on Wednesday to four.
In an unrelated incident a minor blast took place in Jamrud near the same spot where a NATO driver was killed a day earlier.
Construction workers on the New Torkham highway found a pressure-cooker bomb while conducting digging work in the area. The bomb disposal squad (BDS) reached the spot and defused the bomb.