Mobile franchise attack: Two gunned down in Karachi

Published: January 31, 2012

A security guard and a woman killed, two others injured in Nazimabad area.

KARACHI: A security guard and a woman were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at Telenor’s franchise in the Nazimabad area of Karachi on Tuesday, reported Express News.

Three other people sustained injuries in the incident and have been shifted to a hospital.

The police reached the franchise to investigate into the incident. SP North Nazimabad Chaudhry Asad said that four men came to the franchise on two motorcycles and opened fire at it with 9mm pistols.

The police said that it was planned attack.

The attacks on mobile franchises have been on the rise in the city. Last year in December, two people died when two men opened fire at a Telenor outlet Shahra-e-Noorjahan.

In other incident earlier this year, a Mobilink outlet was targeted and an explosive device was used in the attack in the Hyderi area of North Nazimabad.

Although the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a man they said was responsible for the franchise attacks they had also warned that there might be more.

Meanwhile, a man lost his life when gunmen reportedly opened fire at a passenger bus at Nagan Chowrangi of the North Nazimabad area of Karachi.

SP Asad, talking to media, denied the media reports and said that the bus, numbered 4k, had hit three motorcycles resulting in the incident.

“There was no firing incident,” he said while adding that the bus has been taken to the police station and the injured shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Reader Comments (21)

  • Dajjal
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:33PM

    “Although the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested a man they said was responsible for the franchise attacks they had also warned that there might be more.”

    They issued the warning because they didn’t really catch the people behind the attacks, just charged someone who was innocent with an unsolved crime like they always do… why should there be any surprise about continued attacks… besides, this is probably not the taliban attacking these places, just extortion mafias.. Recommend

  • sam
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:35PM

    killings start again in Karachi.

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  • MUNIB
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:05PM

    In last two months this is probably the 4th or 5th attack on mobile company franchises. First telenor than mobilink than warid and then again telenor etc.

    Will the gov and police kindly bother to tell the citizens whats going actually. Obviously this sudden attack isnt for NO reason.

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  • Kazmis
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:12PM

    It is normal business activity in Karachi. The time has changed business tactics have also changed. It is the way third world wants to live.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:19PM

    They are batha mafia involved in the killing..why not SC takes action against it…

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  • Jan 31, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Target killing, Target killing, Target killing

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  • faraz
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:46PM

    Bhatta mafia or religious extremists?

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  • Jan 31, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Killing in Karachi have Started again. This morning they shot a bus & they say its Target Killing when many Innocents are sitting on the bus , how do they know who they are Targeting ?

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:07PM

    “… they had also warned that there might be more … “

    When it is so easy to gun down people like this and just walk away of course there will be.

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  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:07PM

    so it starts again… God knows where will this end…Recommend

  • Some One
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:16PM

    why is it then whenever I am planning to go to Karachi all this problem starts…my last trip was in July and the City was burning…and same is happening now….I wish I could sever all links with Karachi…

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Can anybody explain to me the motive behind these mobile franchise attacks?

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  • Glowian
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:54PM

    Is this true Islamic country and scociety as whole???? Barbaric and intolrent….
    Welcome to Pakistan Land of Unlimitted killing opertunities.

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  • Ali Hamza Khan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:55PM

    Attacking mobile franchises with no ‘apparent’ motives other than just to kill the people at the franchise reminds one as to how low we have stooped as a nation.I mean,there are people amongst us who attack franchises killing people without even looking for money.Strange and horrifying simultaneously.What is the purpose of such an act,one can only wonder.Recommend

  • zaid hamid
    Jan 31, 2012 - 4:07PM

    true pakistanis cannot do such things, they must be migrated Indians during separation

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  • ADD CREATURE
    Jan 31, 2012 - 4:37PM

    @ adnan How on earth you know for certain that bhatta mafia ( pata nhe kahan kahan sy nam sun lyty haan) involve in this. I live in this area for 25 year and I know the ground situation. first attack took place in shadman town on telenor outlet nearby there is a jama masjid. and ppl who know this area will know for wht this jama masjid is famous for….. and if you want to know just go there just stand front of the masjid and you will know. All three attacks took place in 2 km range of the same area. there are religious extremist behind this because they think telenor is from Norway, Denmark , cartoon issue, they make a connection with that thinking they are all the same…. And I guess everyone knows what police can / cannot do sooooooooo For God Sake bro ….. if you dnt know some think silence is batter.Recommend

  • Ali Hamza Khan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 5:16PM

    @zaid hamid
    That is the most idiotic garb which I heard from anyone.The people whom you are refering to are infact the only ‘true’ Pakistanis.Had it not been for AQ Khan who belongs to the same category to which you are hell-bent on labelling as ‘traitors’,India would have been dictating terms.The community which you are labelling as ‘untrue’ has been the major contributor towards Pakistan’s progress.The examples of Edhi,Agha Hasan Abedi,Raziuddin Siddique are few examples of a big lot from the same ‘migrated people’.Moreover,Jinnah was also from the same community.So if you are getting my point,do your research and think at least twice before writing.As far as I can see,whatever the CCTV footages provide,the culprits seem to be always of the same type-clothing,appearance,-as of a certain area of North.And what I say is evidence based rather than the random,illogical rant which you have shown out of sheer hatred.I hope that you got what I said.

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  • Falcon
    Jan 31, 2012 - 5:17PM

    It seems that since franchises with standardized policies across the country are the only ones who would try to flex their muscle against extortion (bhatta)…as a result they are being targeted

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  • Jan 31, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @ADD CREATURE:
    Then u sure dont have any knowledge about the extortion Mafia activities

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  • ADD CREATURE
    Jan 31, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @ colonel yes as long as you reserve the right of all the intellect in this world how can anyone know even a piece of it. bro u have to understand the realty before it’s too late and these people start coming to your home to force their hardliner views. just for your info almost all bhatta mafia operates under the umbrella of political parties. I know either u guys dnt live in Karachi or not even in Pakistan. caz even a kid know how bhatta is collected in Karachi. SO plzzzzzzzRecommend

  • Jan 31, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @ADD CREATURE:
    Thats what i m trying to say Bhata Mafia is invovled in these killings not religious extremists, U r trying to spread hate and propagating by putting blame on religious groups by giving a lame example of Telephone companies

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