12 police commandos providing security to Shuja Khanzada suspended

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Rescue workers use a crane to lift sections of a collapsed roof after a blast near the home of the home minister of Punjab province, Shuja Khanzada, in Attock, Pakistan, August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Khuram Parvez

ATTOCK, Aug 19:  The Punjab police department on Wednesday suspended 12 elite police officers appointed for security of slain Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada over negligence. According to police sources,12 elite police commandos were deployed on Shuja Khanzada’s security. No police commando was present when the suicide blast took place at the minister’s political office in Attock district s Shadi Khan village, said police sources. Moreover, five people including a woman have been arrested during search operation in the area. On Sunday, at least nineteen people including Shuja Khanzada and Deputy Superintendent of (DSP) Hazro Police Shaukat Ali Shah were martyred when a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives. Khanzada was a vocal public advocate for harsh government tactics against the militants, and endorsed the government s recent decision to bring back the death penalty for terrorism cases. Late last month, he had announced the killing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief Malik Ishaq in a police encounter. Provincial police chief Mushtaq Sukhera said the bombing was a reaction of a yearlong police crackdown against the terrorists, which Khanzada had been leading from the front.

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