At least nine people were killed and 15 injured on Wednesday when an explosion occurred near Karachi’s Burns Road area, targeting the convoy of Sindh High Court judge Justice Maqbool Baqar.
Spokesperson for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan, told local media that the militant organisation was responsible for the attack on the senior SHC judge.
Ehsan further said that the judge was targeted for what he said were “anti-Taliban and anti-mujahideen decisions” adding that the group would continue to target judiciary.
The attack happened as Justice Maqbool Baqir drove past with his security detail in Burns Road.
Police said Baqir was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries and that his driver was killed.
Justice Baqir was later shifted to a private hospital where he will undergo surgery, according to doctors, who added that the the High Court judge was in stable condition.
The doctors, not wanting to be named, told reporters that Baqir had sustained injuries to his head as he was hit by ball bearings and glass shards in the explosion.
The deceased included seven policemen, one paramilitary Ranger and Baqir’s driver.
Police and Rangers personnel and rescue team workers reached the site of the incident. Security personnel cordoned off the area as investigations into the incident went underway.
The bomb also damaged a motorcycle and a police mobile van.
The casualties were subsequently shifted to Civil Hospital.
Meanwhile, lawyers have announced boycott of court proceedings across Sindh in the wake of the incident.