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Seven cops among 18 killed in Karachi

26 January, 2014

KARACHI: Seven policemen, including three Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs), were among 18 people killed in separate incidents of violence, including bomb attacks, here on Saturday.

The largest incident of terrorism took place outside the abandoned residence of the Chairman of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-Haqiqi), Afaq Ahmed, in Landhi No. 6 where at least six police personnel were killed in back-to-back bomb and gun attacks on two police mobile vans, police said.

The MQM-Haqiqi strongly condemned the attack on police personnel guarding the residence of their chairman, saying it was aimed at killing the police and civilians guarding the residence of Afaq Ahmed and demoralising the party leaders and workers.

"We know the attackers and can recognise them if produced before us. It is the job of our rival party which is infamous for such attacks and has killed hundreds of our leaders and workers besides thousands others in the city. But they cannot intimidate us with such cowardly attacks," MQM-Haqiqi Vice President Shamshad Ghauri told our sources.

East Zone police said the first attack took place on a police mobile van of the Sindh Reserve Police (SRP) stationed outside the former residence of MQM-Haqiqi leader Afaq Ahmed, when armed men on motorcycles threw a handmade bomb at the police van and later opened fire on the police personnel.

"The first attack in Landhi No. 6 was a combination of bomb and handgun attacks as terrorists first used a cracker to stun the police personnel and then showered them with bullets," the SP of Landhi, Faisal Noor, said, adding that the police personnel succumbed to their injuries while they were being shifted to hospital.

Following the attack, another police mobile van was sent from the Landhi police station to the spot of the first attack, but it was also attacked by some armed men on motorcycles near Al-Razi Hospital in the Landhi No. 6 area, who used small firearms to target the police personnel, killing three more personnel and injuring two of them.

Dr Seemi Jamali at the emergency ward of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre identified the deceased police personnel as ASI Javed Khan, 40, HC Asim Khan, PC Fida Hussain, ASI Naeem Ahmed, 40, PC Khalil Ahmed, 40, and PC Asif Ali, 30, adding that Sub Inspector Shahzado, 50, was injured and being treated at the hospital.

Doctors at the JPMC said all the casualties in both the attacks on police mobile vans in Landhi occurred due to firing as all the victims were shot in their heads and chest, saying none of them died due to a bomb attack.

A Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) official, Kashif Jalal, who inspected the damaged police mobile van in Landhi, said a cracker weighing around 200 grams of explosives with nails was used in the attack and said it was aimed at stunning the police personnel in the mobile.

"None of the police personnel in the first bomb attack died due to the cracker explosion. It badly damaged one side of the police mobile van, stunned them and rendered them unable to react. At that moment, gunmen opened fire on the police personnel inside the van, seriously injuring them," he claimed.

Following the attacks on police mobile vans and the killing of their six colleagues, a large number of police personnel along with Rangers besieged several streets in Landhi No. 6 and its adjoining areas and rounded up several suspects, who were moved to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

Meanwhile, DIG East Munir Shaikh while talking, confirmed the killing of six policemen and injury of one in two attacks in the Landhi area, saying it was carried out by "professional and highly-trained terrorists".

"At the moment, we are not pointing a finger at any group as our top priority is identifying and taking the killers into custody," he said.

Earlier in the day, an ASI of the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) was killed in Taser Town, Sector 35-B in Surjani Town. He was gunned down by armed men inside a barber shop, police said.

Surjani Town police identified the victim as 43-year-old Sabir Ali, who was a close associate of slain SP CID Chaudhry Aslam and a member of the 1992 Karachi operation, saying he was getting a shave at a barber shop when two armed men shot him multiple times and fled.

In a separate incident, a guard of a local Pakistan People's Party leader and a young child were killed in Liaquatabad No. 5 near Sindhi Hotel when armed men opened fire on them outside a tailor's shop, police said.

Liaquatabad DSP Wajahat Hussain indentified the PPP leader's guard as Ayaz Ali, 26.

The child was identified as Muhammad Ishaque Gulzar, 10.

In a yet separate incident, a 35-year-old man who was identified as Sabir Ali was killed in Orangi Town Sabri Chowk in the limits of Mominabad police limits. SHO Mominabad claimed that the deceased was an employee of the City Fire Brigade Department and a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

In another incident, Manzoor Ahmed was killed by armed men near Asma Garden off Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.

A 55-year-old man was killed in downtown area on Baba-e-Urdu Road in Risala police limits. He was identified as Asghar Lala.

Rizwan, 40, was killed in Kazimabad area of Model Colony when armed men opened fire on a Suzuki pickup.

Meanwhile, bodies of two persons were found under the Lasbella bridge in the limits of Gulbahar police who had been shot dead after abduction, police said. Gulbahar police said both the victims were between 25 and 30 years of age and suspected that they were killed due to the ongoing gang war between Lyari gangsters.

Meanwhile, two gangsters of the Uzair Jan Baloch and Baba Ladla gangs were killed in separate encounters with the Rangers in Lyari.

Gangster Abdul Jabbar alias Sindhi was killed in the Khadda market area of the Baghdadi police remit in an encounter with the Rangers, who said he was a member of the Uzair Baloch group, who attacked the Rangers personnel and was killed in retaliation.

In another encounter with the Rangers, Nazar Muhammad Baloch, an alleged gangster belonging to the Baba Ladla gang, was killed in the Rangiwara area of Chakiwara police limits, Rangers said.

Another body of an unidentified man believed to be in his twenties was recovered from the Akbar Road area of Shershah. He had been shot in the head and chest.


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