Incident Summary:

04/05/2017: Assailants opened fire on Tahir Zia at the bridge in Baloch Colony neighborhood, Karachi, Pakistan. Zia, a former Pakistan Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel, was killed and two other people were injured in the assault. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Ansar al-Sharia (Pakistan) separately claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Baloch Colony neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Pakistan Armed Forces
Specific Description Vehicle of Retired Lieutenant Colonel: Tahir Zia
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Momin Khan, Rehan Aziz
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Pakistan) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Afiya Siddiqui Brigade Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen shoot retired colonel dead," The Nation Pakistan, April 5, 2017."
"More attacks feared as ‘battle-hardened’ militants come back from Syria," DAWN Group, June 30, 2017."
"Retired colonel killed in Karachi, two injured," Frontier Post, April 5, 2017."