Bombs target ATMs, bank branches across Sindh

Published: May 2, 2012

An organisation named Sindhu Desh Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attacks. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: At least four people were injured as a series of bombs went off outside various bank branches and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in different cities of Sindh early Wednesday morning, Express News reported.

The bombs had targeted bank branches and ATMs in Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Dadu, Larkana, Kotri, and Badin.

Unknown assailants targeted seven branches of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in Sukkur, Ranipur, Dadu, Dokri, Nawabshah and two branches in Larkana.

The two branches in Larkana located on Bakrani Road and VIP Road — were attacked by low-intensity bombs.

Senior Superintendent of Police Hyderabad Haseeb Afzal Baig said that at least 500gms of explosives were used in the bombs.

A watchman named Sammo sustained injuries when assailants hurled cracker bombs outside a local bank in Dokri.

Express News reported saying that at least 11 blasts occurred in Hyderabad.

The first blast was heard between 5:30-5:45am.

The explosives used in the cracker blasts throughout Sukkur, Larkana, Dokri weighed 6gms each.

No casualties were reported in the incidents, however, bank branches received damages.

An organisation named Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SDLA) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Hyderabad City Aijaz Bhatti confirmed that the police found pamphlets belonging to the organisation near the banks targeted in Hyderabad.

Mirpur Mathelo railway track destroyed

Approximately 2.5 feet of a railway track in Ghotki district near Mirpur Mathelo was destroyed when attackers bombed it.

Jaffer Express was en route to Karachi on the same track. Villagers gathered on the track and signaled the train to stop and averted a possible accident.

Inspector Tahir of the Bomb Disposal Squad revealed that the explosives used in the device weighed about 8kgs and that it was a locally made remote-controlled device.

Cracker bomb explodes near KESC complaint office

Meanwhile, Unknown assailants hurled a cracker bomb near the complaint office of Karachi Electric Supply Company in Block 15 of the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi.

The traffic on the road was thin which prevented any casualties.

Reader Comments (42)

  • Falcon
    May 2, 2012 - 8:35AM

    Seems like activity of a militant wing from our most responsible political parties operating in the area

    Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 9:47AM

    The Govt. cannot even handle Karachi and Sindh, what a pity…

    Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 10:16AM

    And yet we have geniuses such as Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif who think “long marching” to Islamabad will magically solve all our problems. What a bunch of losers living in Utopia!

    Recommend

  • Eeman
    May 2, 2012 - 10:22AM

    Did Taliban had their check bounced?

    Recommend

  • Bitter Reality
    May 2, 2012 - 10:36AM

    Thanks to our media who is spreading disinformation, saying CRACKERS to be BOMBS. Then why are we surprised that people call us terrorist???? When our media will report on main page as headline that BOMBS explode at 7 places, Instead of crackers then everyone is gonna perceive us as terrorists. I think reporter cant even differentiate between cracker and bomb. Its our insane media responsible for propagating this terrorized and volatile image of Pakistan.

    Recommend

  • Faysal
    May 2, 2012 - 10:37AM

    Sixteen blasts across Sindh. This requires a lot of planning and resources. The fact that nobody got caught while planting these bomb tells that this is not the work of an ordinary outfit…. and might not be the first and last.

    Bravo PPP Government ! now interior Sindh is also on fire after KP, FATA, Balochistan, GB and Karachi. jeay………

    Recommend

  • Raw is War.
    May 2, 2012 - 11:19AM

    RAW hand ?

    Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @falcon, I guess your knowledge is outdated.

    Recommend

  • SDLA
    May 2, 2012 - 11:23AM

    sindh zindabaad.we want independent sindh.

    Recommend

  • maz3tt
    May 2, 2012 - 11:28AM

    i think that everyone of our security and intelligence agencies know the sources of gangs and these groups(where are they located, how many ,what are they doing). they don’t catch it because each of the group has some politicians saving them.

    Recommend

  • Adil
    May 2, 2012 - 11:29AM

    when the ship starts sinking, everyone puts its hands off it…after kashmiris, baloch, its time for sindhis to revolt against the state of pakistan..

    Recommend

  • Fed up Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 11:29AM

    The situation will improve after 2014.

    Recommend

  • Arshad Nadeem
    May 2, 2012 - 11:33AM

    A Sindh based party with a sindhi president has been in absolute power for the last 4 years.What are these people protesting for? All the federal ministries to run pakistan are with the ppp and its allies,ppp is in total control of pakistan and its treasury for the last many years.

    Recommend

  • Zaid
    May 2, 2012 - 11:34AM

    CIA involved.

    Recommend

  • SAB Sohail
    May 2, 2012 - 11:34AM

    give this task to army too ! if army has to do all i wonder what we have the democratic govt for :/

    Recommend

  • Zeeshan Mir
    May 2, 2012 - 11:35AM

    It is punjab that has been deprived of gas and electricity supplies for the last four years.Thousands of factories have had to close down and millions of workers laid off due to the federal government’s deliberate persecution of punjab over the last four years.If anyone should be protesting it should be punjab.

    Recommend

  • Faraz Subzwari
    May 2, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Pakistan has had a military dictator from Sindh ruling for over 8 years,then a president from Sindh for the last 4 years.Sindh has been in absolute control of pakistan’s finances and power structure for over a decade now.It is the other provinces that have been discriminated against and kept out of power. This new militant group seems to be just fulfilling the plans of our neighbour. They have no justification for this kind of terrorism because it is Sindh that has been in control of pakistan’s destiny for well over a decade now.

    Recommend

  • PhD_Norway
    May 2, 2012 - 12:08PM

    @Hamza Malik:
    for God sake, read the news first “An organisation named Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SDLA) claimed responsibility for the attacks.”

    Recommend

  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 2, 2012 - 12:09PM

    I wonder how long it’s going to be before someone mentions “foreign hands.”

    Recommend

  • kasai
    May 2, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Dear Pakistanis, do you really think America is going to let you get away so easily?

    Recommend

  • shaneel Deshi
    May 2, 2012 - 12:20PM

    This is Very bed News & A part of Violation in Sindh. In My Opinion the Lyari Operation now stop and take new task for Sindh Police & Law in force to Face these Criminals who ever loss the government Assets.

    May be its a signal for Sindh Police & Law in force that Don’t be think relex to cover Lyari the have stay any where in Sindh.

    Wish you ALL the Best Sindh Police.

    Recommend

  • Aristo
    May 2, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Sindhu Desh Liberation Army. Now what do these people want, liberation of Sindh, really from whom? Punjab, may be.

    Recommend

  • Anserali Khan
    May 2, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Where is the government ?, where are the so called law enforcement agencies?. 16 bomb blasts in one day must have required a lot of planning…where is the intelligence.Where did they get explosive material from.

    In 6 days of operation,even Lyari ( which is in Karachi) situation has not been handled.Where did Lyari guys get Rocket launchers from and other heavy ammunition from?why did law enforcement agencies not stop this

    Recommend

  • sachin
    May 2, 2012 - 12:45PM

    6 gms bomb? Cmon man that’s not even close to what we do in diwali :/ Pakistani media is farig :-) if Indian media starts reporting such blasts then they would go crazy during diwali :d Get a life bro :p 6 gms bomb is like china bomb :p which a 10 year kid can fire in his hand LOL

    Recommend

  • reasonable
    May 2, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Like IK says it is not our war stop the Lyari operation they are our brothers need to start talking to them also need to start talking to Sindhu Desh Liberation Army.

    Recommend

  • shadi
    May 2, 2012 - 2:24PM

    So you have federal government run by sindhis, your president and head of ruling party is sindhi and yet they ask for liberation. They are mighty confused :O

    Recommend

  • ijazmir
    May 2, 2012 - 3:12PM

    If PPP cannot rule Pakistan , No one will be allowed to rule Pakistan. PPP Zindaabad

    Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    May 2, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Pakistan army is being tested for their resolve. What they need is to keep their head cool, stay focused, and don’t let such aggravated assaults to un-nerve them. However, the nation expects from them to find the culprits ASAP.

    Recommend

  • Loony toon
    May 2, 2012 - 4:05PM

    How would an independent Sindh be positive for Sindhis I mean being rule by the feudals and decoits that good an option and letting of crackers to make people fearful really a positive way to build a nation. Come on guys get real!

    Recommend

  • Hit-Man
    May 2, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Sindh blasts are part of the larger conspiracy hatched by foreign forces to divide Pakistan into four parts. This was just a trailer, more is yet to come.

    Recommend

  • Hameedullah
    May 2, 2012 - 4:33PM

    @Faraz Subzwari:
    For all your facts, you seem to be ignoring that it is also the Sindh province that is the most poorest.Recommend

  • Amir Wayn
    May 2, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Zaid:
    50% CIA + 50% RAW

    Recommend

  • MOSSAD
    May 2, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @Amir Wayn:
    then where is my past??

    Recommend

  • yep
    May 2, 2012 - 6:03PM

    @Raw is War.:
    off course…RAW is always behind such small fireworks/shurlis…..!!!!

    Recommend

  • geeko
    May 2, 2012 - 7:00PM

    The Sindhu Desh Liberation Army already carried out minor attacks previously, and all Sindhi nationalists have unanimously condemned such unconstitutional means of showing their dissent with the State-policy.
    They’re a micro-bunch of thugs with a thoughtful anarchist perspective and an even more anarchist organization ; if rule of law was efficient in PPP’s “democratically”-handled world, they wouldn’t have lasted that long.
    The irony will be that the only demographics which will vote for PPP in the next general elections will probably be these Sindhis.

    Recommend

  • Amit
    May 2, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Thank God no one killed

    Recommend

  • Seema
    May 2, 2012 - 10:21PM

    I dont think this party exist in Sindh. when there was Musharruff’s rule and Sindh was under control of MQM and army, SDL was happy and did nothing in protest, no crackers even. I did not hear that name before. Yes that army is unhappy and MQM is unhappy suddenly this Sindhu desh libration become unhappy. Sindhi nation is very peaceful nation don’t do such heinous act. This is another try to destabilize govt. All conspiracies died. with memogate, contempt of court,now this one, actually IK and NS said to bring ppl out on street to force ppp out of the govt NS tried in go zardari go movement. so agencies want to help him, If this is not right then I am anxious to see when IK starts movement to remove Gilani. This govt defeated all conspiracies and mud is slung back on their face,

    Recommend

  • Nasr
    May 2, 2012 - 10:41PM

    If we continue to talk about new provinces as our priority, this will be the most likely outcome. Instead of strengthening the federation, focusing on people issues, controlling internal security and improving our foreign policy, the priority of the Government seems to be completely lacking the vision that will lead us to be a united, strong, prosperous & peaceful Pakistan in times to come. As a patriotic Pakistani I can only hope & pray for a miracle to happen, that rids us of this highly incompetent and clueless PPP Government.

    Recommend

  • May 3, 2012 - 12:47AM

    Bombardment by media on the people?

    Recommend

  • May 4, 2012 - 1:03AM

    Everything that goes wrong in Pakistan is conveniently blamed by some on the US and foreign elements. The terrorists are the only ones who gain from such accusations. Terrorist groups have been creating havoc in Pakistan. We must pull ourselves out of the blame game and see that these terrorists are preventing us from achieving our common objectives. And anyone who thinks that Pakistan should not be involved in this WOT is simply bowing down to terrorism. We have seen that terrorists do not stop for anyone. Today the attacks are on banks and government institutions, causing only some injuries. But who know what happens tomorrow. It is in the interest of the United States of America to see a stable and vibrant Pakistan. We have always maintained that Pakistan is an important part of the region and that with its stability comes the stability of the region. The need of the hour is to combine our efforts like we have in the past, and squeeze the life out of the insurgency.

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

    Recommend

  • ARBAB BHELLAR
    May 7, 2012 - 1:36PM

    We invite thanktank of Pakistan to think about it ?

    Recommend

  • May 10, 2012 - 3:40PM

    What’s there response on it?

    [http://www.standardchartered.com/pk/]Bank[1]

    Recommend

More in Sindh