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Taliban assassinates top anti-extremist officer

Superintendent with vigilante reputation dies in Karachi bomb attack

Taliban assassinates top anti-extremist officer

Mourners sit in an ambulance beisde the body of slain anti-terrorism officer Chaudhry Aslam (picture: AFP Photo/Asif Hassan) reporter, Karachi

January 10, 2014

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The Taliban assassinated Pakistan’s most infamous police officer in a bomb blast in Karachi on Thursday.

Chaudhry Aslam, senior superintendent of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) was killed with his driver and bodyguard when a vehicle filled with explosives slammed into their convoy on a highway.

As head of the Pakistani CID’s anti-extremist cell, Aslam was reportedly responsible for killing three suspected militants during a raid in Karachi just a day before his own death following a series of assassination attempts in recent years by the Taliban.

In 2010, militants blew up the CID headquarters in Karachi, and a year later the Taliban drove an explosive-laden vehicle into Aslam’s house killing at least eight people.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharis led tributes on Thursday in a statement aimed at reassuring the public, following the death of what was one of the country’s leading anti-terrorism figures.

“Chaudhry Aslam was a very brave officer. Such attacks would not deter the morale of law enforcement agencies in the fight against terrorism,” he said in a statement.

Chaudhry was a well known personality in Pakistan. Often appearing on television, critics accused him of extra-judicial killings of suspected terrorists and of operating above the law.

In an interview on satellite news channel Samaa TV, his widow Naureen Aslam quoted her husband as saying: “Pakistan is my country and I would sacrifice my life for it.”

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