Blast on Sea View kills two policemen

Published: November 16, 2011

Pakistani security officials scan the wreckage of a vehicle after three suicide bombers blew themselves up in their car when intercepted by police in Karachi on November 16, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani security officials scan the wreckage of a vehicle after three suicide bombers blew themselves up in their car when intercepted by police in Karachi on November 16, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Debris from the car in which suicide bombers blew themselves up sits on the ground as a uniformed constable and a plain-clothes police officer discuss the incident. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR POPALZAI/EXPRESS TRIBUNE A piece of the car, which the terrorists blew themselves up in, sits along side the curb as Police and Rangers gather at the blast site. PHOTO: NEFER SEHGAL/EXPRESS TRIBUNE

KARACHI: A suspected suicide blast killed two police officers and three suspected terrorists at a secluded spot near the Salt and Pepper Village restaurant at the Sea View boardwalk in Karachi.

SP Tariq Dharejo said three people riding a white Suzuki Bolan were intercepted by a police party near an under-construction park next to the sea wall at devil’s point for checking when the car’s occupants blew themselves up. The two policemen who intercepted the vehicle were killed by the blast.

One of the officers, Maula Bukhsh died on the spot, while the second officer, Mumraiz Iqbal (initially identified as Safeer) had later succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center.

Express 24/7 correspondent Sabin Agha reported that following the powerful blast large contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the spot where they discovered the remains of the bombers and the vehicle strewn around. They also reportedly found another jacket intact on one of the occupants of the car.

Fearing that the jacket may have explosives, police proceeded to cordon off the area and sent for the bomb squad.

Dharejo added that “one man was wearing a jacket with a magazine indicating that he was a terrorist”. Hoewever the identities of his fellow occupants was unclear.

Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan confirmed the casualty list that three people in the car and one police officer was killed in the blast while one officer was injured.

Paying tribute to the dead officer identified him as Maula Bukhsh, while the injured officer was identified as Safeer.

The Minister also announced compensation of Rs2 million and a job in police for the martyred officer’s son while Rs0.5 million and job in police for his son for the injured officer.

Wasan related the bombers to the threats they had been receiving with respect to upcoming Muharram events.

DIG South, Commander Shaukat Ali Shah said that they had found body parts which indicated the possible presence of a fourth bomber in the car when it blew up.

He added that lack of light was hampering investigations though they had called for flood lights to be set up.

Responding to reports that one of the attackers was a woman, he said that a wig had been found at the site indicating that one of the terrorists may have been wearing a disguise.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 16, 2011 - 10:59PM

    How the hell they were roaming freely on the roads?

    The Police should investigate the case thoroughly and unearth the masterminds. No one should be spared at any cost. The menace of terrorism has to come to an end.

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  • muhammad behzad
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:07PM

    the mard-e-momins in action once again.

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  • ARSAL
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Good job by karachi police;a lot regards for martyred police officer;;may he RIP

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  • Abbas
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Terribly sad. The police should be applauded for bearing the pressure of this attack. It could have been much worse. What is with that photo above the article? It is not necessary to have an image, you know?Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Nov 16, 2011 - 11:42PM

    What relevance does the pic of this article have to do with the incident??

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  • Nov 16, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Sadly another Policeman killed.

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  • Nov 17, 2011 - 12:21AM

    @Mahmood:
    Violence sells.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:23AM

    I salute the Policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

    You saved countless lives before the terrorists would have made terrorist attack some where in Karachi which may have resulted in death of precious human lives and destruction of properties.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest your souls in peace and give strength to bereaved family members. Ameen.

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  • Samir
    Nov 17, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Of course Imran Khan and PTI want us to believe this is not “our war” right? When the US leaves Afghanistan all the terrorists will magically give up their arms and become Edhis? Right. Let’s stop living in delusion.

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  • Adil
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:17AM

    May Allah grant the two policemen killed Jannat. Its high time we act. For those of you
    who dont understand, i have just three words to say “RAW IS WAR”

    Ya Allah Khair

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  • waseem
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:17AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    I think you didn’t read the story yet. it said that they were stopped by police.. They were not roaming around they were stopped by police while they were going somewhere, which tells us that police is doing its job. Some people are never happy.. if you don’t like something try fixing it with your own hand or let the people fix it who laid their lives to protect others.

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  • ARF
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Sad incident. May those who lost their lives R.I.P.

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  • Ebad
    Nov 17, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Salute to the martyer and his family!

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  • Nov 17, 2011 - 2:00AM

    Even the metropolises are not safe from the insane rage of these terrorists. Our condolences go to the families of the two police officers who died while foiling an attack on innocent civilians in Karachi. Four terrorists were killed! We are glad that the vigilance of the two police officers saved many innocents. We sometimes fail to realize that one terrorist attack may kill a few, but it affects many that are left behind mourning the dead. They are scarred forever.

    What could be the purpose of attacks on civilians, if not to create mayhem and weaken the state? They are the real enemy of the people. Their tactics of fear and intimidation will not stop. Today, I again ask those who have an iota of support for these enemies of peace to think again and put themselves in the shoes of the family members of those two police officers. It is important to be vigilant and go after these terrorists. They are not only operating in some remote mountain village anymore, but are now openly attacking Pakistan’s economic hub. The sooner they are stopped and eliminated, the sooner peace and prosperity will return for all.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 17, 2011 - 4:10AM

    Salute to brave policemen.

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:48AM

    The suicide bombers have spread like deadly cancer all over Pakistan. No area in Pakistan is Immune from them anymore Pakistan with it’s vast intelligence machinery and resources have so far failed to destroy or restrict these terrorist. The so called Stratergic Assets have now become Stratergic death Warrant for innocent Pakistani.

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  • naz soomro
    Nov 17, 2011 - 9:08AM

    So sad…the ‘City of Lights’ once again a victim of these ruthless terorists!
    Salute our Police who are now finally policing.
    For those who lost their lives….our prayers for their maghfarat, Allah shall reward them!

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  • Pk-Jawan
    Nov 17, 2011 - 3:22PM

    @Samir:
    Offcource samir Taliban will fight to takeover the rule that is 100% going to take place when The NATO moves out,But after that when there is no funds and foreign occupation who will they fight with and what for??They were not fighting when NATO came in!

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