Karachi police said that a group of armed men launched an attack on the police headquarters on Friday, which led to the killing of at least two people, and the injury of three others, adding they had forced their way into the building as heavy exchange of fire was heard between the attackers and the police.
Pakistan has witnessed a surge in militant violence in recent months after a proscribed network, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), unilaterally called off a cease-fire with the government last November.
A TTP spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack.
TTP fighters have launched similar attacks in the past in which they temporarily fortified themselves in government facilities while fighting the police and other security agencies.
“Heavy exchange of fire between attackers and police can be heard outside the police headquarters in Karachi,” said Geo News television.
One of the correspondents of the channel said the attackers were thought to have entered the building where they were fighting with police personnel.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident, saying he had directed the authorities to send additional police force and paramilitary rangers to the police headquarters to handle the situation.
“I want immediate arrest of the accused of the attack on the office of the additional inspector general of Sindh police,” he was quoted as saying by a statement released by his office. “The attack on Karachi Police Chief’s office is not acceptable under any circumstances. I want a report of the incident from the concerned officer as soon as possible.”