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Pakistan

Security forces clear Karachi police office, terrorists killed

  • TTP claims responsibility for attack in a message sent by its spokesman
Published February 17, 2023
Smokes rise from a police building during an attack claimed by Pakistan’s Taliban in Karachi on February 17, 2023. Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility on February 17, 2023 for an ongoing gun battle at a major police compound in the port city of Karachi. Photo: AFP
Smokes rise from a police building during an attack claimed by Pakistan’s Taliban in Karachi on February 17, 2023. Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility on February 17, 2023 for an ongoing gun battle at a major police compound in the port city of Karachi. Photo: AFP

Security forces have successfully cleared the Karachi Police office that was attacked on Friday, said officials, who added that all terrorists were killed in the operation.

Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui, official of the Sindh government, said four people were also martyred, including two policemen, one Rangers personnel, and a civilian. Another 14 people were injured, added Siddiqui.

Multiple explosions had been heard earlier after the police office at Shahrah-e-Faisal was attacked by five assailants in the provincial capital. The attack took place a little after 7pm.

A counter-terrorism operation featuring personnel from Pakistan Army, Rangers and Sindh Police was launched in response.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took responsibility for the attack in a message sent by its spokesman to journalists.

Staff inside the premises of the police office had earlier turned off the lights and blocked all entrances. However, reports said the armed suspects managed to enter the building.

Three floors of the five-storey building have been cleared, said Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah earlier.

Multiple explosions and continuous firing then followed after police sealed off traffic on the main road through the city.

Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui earlier said there have been two casualties, while 11 people are injured.

Heavy contingent of Rangers and police teams as well as rescue services reached the area earlier in an attempt to secure it.

Murad Ali Shah, the Sindh CM, said that the attack took place around 7:10pm, adding that he received information that two terrorists had been killed so far but said that he could not give any confirmation at this time.

He said that the provincial govt had asked the army for help, adding that the city police chief was not currently in Karachi.

In an initial interaction with the media, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had said assailants managed to enter the third floor of the building.

“They fired a rocket at the building. We are currently unable to contact the police personnel inside the building,” the minister told a private news channel, SAMAA TV, as the situation was unfolding.

Sindh Governor Kamran Tessori called to send additional security officials to the area in a bid to control the situation.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, also the co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party that runs the government in Sindh, condemned the “terrorist attack on Karachi police”.

“Sindh police have bravely faced and crushed terrorism before. We have full faith they will do so again, such cowardly attacks will not deter us,” he wrote on Twitter.

The terror attack is the latest in a series of brazen assaults especially targeting Pakistan’s security forces. Earlier, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque next to the Police Lines in Peshawar in January.

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TimeToMovveOn Feb 17, 2023 11:16pm
RIP law enforcement. In the meantime, something is telling. The usual rhetoric that India is behind all attacks inside Pakistan is missing. Even pakistan knows that India does not have the depth to attack Karachi. And India does not have the competence to carry out something like this. Bilawal was busy preparing a dossier to present to the UN. Could have used that time to sort out the real culprits behind these terrorists activities.
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Rogen Feb 17, 2023 11:41pm
This is the equivalent of terrorism going up in India as elections near who are we kidding
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TimeToMovveOn Feb 18, 2023 02:24am
A once wise woman said.."You cannot expect to raise snakes in your backyard and bite only your neighbors. At some time they will turn on you and bite you"--Hillary Clinton.
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HashBrown® Feb 20, 2023 06:22am
"The usual rhetoric that India is behind all attacks inside Pakistan is missing." Isn't it a shame that you guys don't employ this same logic to calm your hysteria every time you arrest a pigeon flying in from over the border...still, always funny to watch.
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HashBrown® Feb 20, 2023 06:24am
@TimeToMovveOn, "A once wise woman said.."You cannot expect to raise snakes in your backyard and bite only your neighbors. At some time they will turn on you and bite you"--Hillary Clinton. I can only assume this was the last thought of Mohandas Gandhi before he was tragically murdered by an RSS fanatic. Today that same fanatic is worshipped in Hindustan. While we're talking about sayings, have you ever heard the one about stones and glass houses?
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