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11 November 2010 - Media release

INTERPOL condemns murder of police officers in Karachi bomb attack

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned as 'contemptible and cowardly' the suspected suicide car bomb attack on Thursday against the anti-terrorist police headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan, which left at least 20 dead and 100 injured. Gunmen are reported to have opened fire on a security checkpoint to clear the way for the suicide car bomber to drive into the Criminal Investigation Department building.

"We strongly condemn this senseless attack," said the head of INTERPOL, Mr Noble. "While such contemptible and cowardly attacks against dedicated police officers aim to undermine the essential work of law enforcement and of the rule of law, today's attack will only strengthen the resolve of police to bring terrorists and criminals to heel."

"On behalf of the world police community, INTERPOL expresses its full solidarity with Pakistan's police and citizens at this difficult time. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the Pakistani police officers and civilians killed and injured in the attack," said Mr Noble.

INTERPOL's Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France is liaising with its National Central Bureau in Islamabad to provide any assistance required for the investigation into the bombing.

Secretary General Noble spoke from Doha, Qatar at the end of INTERPOL's 79th General Assembly (8-11 November), where he met with Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik before Thursday's Karachi bombing.