The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand Agency claimed responsibility for the attack.
Additional IG Iqbal Mehmood confirmed to Geo News that Chaudhry Aslam was killed in the blast which targeted his vehicle. An explosive-laden vehicle rammed into the Aslam’s vehicle and three police mobiles were destroyed.
Eyewitnesses told Geo News that the intensity of the blast was so severe that windows of buildings were shattered.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and called Chaudhry Aslam a brave officer, saying his sacrifice would not go to waste.
PPP Patron-in-Chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted: “Shaheed Chaudary Aslam had been threatened & attacked B4. He didn’t back down. He died a brave man. Shame on cowards.”
Chaudhry Aslam, was seen as one of Pakistan’s toughest police officers. He survived several attacks on his life, including a suicide attack on his residence in September 2011 in which almost eight people were killed
Starting his career as a sub-inspector (ASI) in 1984, Muhammad Aslam Khan, commonly known as Chaudhry Aslam, was serving as the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) of the Central InvestigationDepartment (CID). He had served as a station house officer (SHO) at a number of police stations in the metropolis.
He originally hailed from Hazara, but Chaudhry was added in front of his name due to his role in the Karachi operation. In 2010, Khan was appointed as a head of the Investigation Wing of the CID. Earlier, he also headed the Lyari Task Force (LTF) to uproot gangsters from Lyari.
This is a developing story and further details are awaited.