After Peshawar, terror revisits Karachi

Two policemen and a Rangers man were among four people martyred, while 16 others sustained injuries, when terrorists, wearing suicide vests and carrying automatic weapons and grenades stormed the Karachi Police Office (KPO) on Friday, officials said

A gun battle raged for more than three hours following the assault after dusk, as security forces went floor-to-floor through the building in pursuit of the assailants

The forces retook the building after killing the three militants, a government spokesperson said

I can so far confirm that the KPO building has been cleared

3 terrorists have been neutralised — Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) February 17, 2023 The attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), came just weeks after a bomb blast at a police mosque in Peshawar killed over 100 people, mostly policemen

Officials said late on Friday that security would be stepped up in Islamabad

The tightly guarded KPO is located behind the Saddar police station on Sharea Faisal

The compound is home to dozens of administrative and residential buildings as well as hundreds of officers and their families

The attack began between 7pm and 7:30pm on Friday

The terrorists, reportedly drove a silver-coloured vehicle to reach the Saddar Police Lines behind the KPO

The assailants first entered a local mosque near the KPO under the cover of indiscriminate fire

The imam of the mosque told The Express Tribune that he had concluded the Maghrib prayers, when he heard the gunshots

He added that as soon as he came out of the mosque, the terrorists opened fire at him but he managed to escape

The deafening sound of an explosion inside the police chief headquarters, which was stormed by terrorists was caught on camera

#Etribune #Karachi pic


com/RArlxSuCSb — The Express Tribune (@etribune) February 17, 2023 A sweeper lost his life due to firing by the terrorists there, officials said later

The terrorists then reached the KPO premises and entered the building

The police said the attackers used more than 20 hand grenades during the assault

As soon as the incident was reported, police, Rangers and the Special Security Unit, officers from other agencies and trained commandos reached the spot

Sharea Faisal was closed for traffic, while electricity supply was also cut off in the area

Traffic is being directed by security personnel in Karachi

Counter terrorist operation has been launched by Sindh Police and Pakistan Rangers pic


com/rVsqqkbYB7 — PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) February 17, 2023 Pakistan Rangers and elite police force have cordoned off area near AIG Office Sindh, Karachi and are now in the process of launching operation against miscreants

According to incoming reports hand grenades & automatic guns were used by no less than 8 terrorists



com/CGlfK0XmrP — PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) February 17, 2023 During the initial operation, a terrorist wearing a suicide jacket blew himself up on the fourth floor of the building

After that, the police and Rangers commandos started searching the upper floors of the building

KPO is a 5 storey building, 3 floors have been cleared so far by law enforcement agencies including police, army and rangers

Army snipers are also present to deal with the terrorists at the rooftop — Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) February 17, 2023 During that time, the area reverberated with heavy gunfire and loud explosions from inside the compound

Finally, the terrorists reached the roof of the building where they hunkered down until they were killed by the Rangers and police commandos in a tough battle

Law enforcement personnel have reached the rooftop of the KPO building — Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) February 17, 2023 “Four people were killed in the attack, including two policemen, one Ranger, and one sanitary worker,” Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui said

“The operation has concluded with the killing of all three terrorists,” he added

The Sindh Rangers said in a late night statement that its Quick Response Force (QRF) was deployed, adding that the operation was led by Brig Tauqeer of the Counter-Terrorism Wing, known as the Qalandar Force

A view of ongoing operation inside the Karachi Police Office

PHOTO: EXPRESS “The police office building was cleared in a phased joint operation by the Counter-Terrorism Wing of the Rangers,” a Sindh Rangers spokesperson said

“Pakistan Army, Rangers and police fought bravely and foiled the terrorist attack

” The spokesperson identified the martyred Rangers personnel as Sub-Inspector Taimur, adding that seven Rangers men were injured

“The injured have been shifted to the Jinnah Hospital for medical treatment

” The latest information is that 4 people were martyred (2 policemen, 1 rangers & 1 civilian) while 14 people are injured, who are being treated

Out of the injured 1 person is critical while the condition of 13 injured persons is stable

— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) February 17, 2023 Siddiqui, the Sindh government spokesperson, said that one of the injured persons was in critical condition, while 13 of them were stable

He added that Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah reached the office of the Sindh police chief to monitor the situation

Chief Minister Sindh has appreciated the efforts made by all law enforcement personnel in clearing the KPO building

We are indebted to their bravery

Thank u 🙏 pic


com/GEpfb8bpqa — Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) February 17, 2023 Karachi South Deputy Inspector General of Police Irfan Baloch said up to 30 policemen were present at the time of the attack

He added the terrorists carried hand grenades and Kalashnikovs, besides gram, dates, water bottles and other items

The car in which the terrorists had come was left running throughout the operation

The police later recovered an Ajrak, a mat, slippers, water bottles, a number plate placed on the dashboard and a magazine

Siddiqui said that the security forces retook the building after several hours and killed three militants

The police commandos and a bomb disposal squad entered the building and a security sweep was under way

Police officers take position after a police office building was attacked by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan February 17, 2023

PHOTO: REUTERS Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah called the attackers “terrorists

armed with grenades and other weapons”, saying that they fired a rocket at a gate

“There’s a general threat across the country but there was no specific threat to this place,” he added

  President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the terrorist attack

They said that the whole nation stood with the security forces in the fight against terrorism

  Condemn 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

#IstandwithKarachiPolice — BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) February 17, 2023   (WITH INPUT FROM AGENCIES)

Date:19-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link