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
Ransom 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
"More attacks feared as ‘battle-hardened’ militants come back from Syria," DAWN Group, June 30, 2017.
"Gunmen shoot retired colonel dead," The Nation Pakistan, April 5, 2017.
"Retired colonel killed in Karachi, two injured," Frontier Post, April 5, 2017.