Attack on ISI office in Sukkur kills four

Published: July 24, 2013

The first blast occurred when militants reportedly rammed an explosive-laden truck into one of the houses. PHOTO: EXPRESS/NAEEM AHMED GHOURI

A screengrab of the blast site. PHOTO: FILE A screengrab of the blast site. PHOTO:FILE The first blast occurred when militants reportedly rammed an explosive-laden truck into one of the houses. PHOTO: EXPRESS/NAEEM AHMED GHOURI

SUKKUR: At least four people were killed and forty injured in five consecutive explosions that targeted the office of Inter-Services Intelligence in Barrage Colony, Sukkur on Wednesday evening, Express News reported.

Up to five gunmen were believed to have attacked the heavily guarded compound and detonated four bombs, said Masood Bangash, the deputy superintendent of police in Sukkur.

He said the local offices of the Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistani military’s spy agency, seemed to be the main target.

Initial reports suggest that the first blast, which was reportedly the biggest, occurred when militants had an explosive-laden truck crash into one of the houses. The force of the explosion was felt throughout the area, and caused the houses to partially collapse.

The militants then attacked with hand grenades and small arms at the houses leading to successive explosions.

Assistant Superintendent of Police City said that 30 kilograms of explosives were used in the attacks.

The area also houses an Imam Bargah, the Commissioner House, lodges for High Court judges and the Rangers’ headquarters.

“Two of the militants were suicide bombers,” said DIG Sukkur Javed Odho.

He added that the security forces killed at least three suspected militants.

“Of those who were killed, only one was a civilian,” said Odho. Two ranger’s personnel were also killed.

“The subsequent blasts occurred as people were moving towards the site of the explosion after the first blast,” reported Express News correspondent Sajjad Ali Shah.

Radio Pakistan claimed that one of the militants was arrested, though officials did not confirm this.

The roof of the houses in the area, including the DIG house collapsed due to the intensity of the blast.

The people who were trapped under the rubble were shifted to the hospital by rescue teams.

Heavy contingents of police and rangers reached the blast site, but they could not reach the DIG House immediately because of the repeated explosions.

Two of the deceased were identified as Ahsan Malik and am intelligence official Muhammad Azeez, who were shifted to the hospital.

Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terror attack and directed the authorities concerned to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.

Security officials launch counter attack on militants

The militants had forced their way into one of the offices.

As a result, the security officials surrounded the area and carried out an operation.

Officials later revealed that at least the five suspected militants had been killed, three were shot dead, while two had carried out suicide bombings, a Rangers spokespersons said.

The local residents moved out of the area following the blasts.

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Aysha M
    Jul 24, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Is there anybody out there interested in saving innocent lives.
    Where is Sindh government? How long will they let this happen. Complete failure of the provincial government. Hope not many casualties.

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  • Hammad M
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:17PM

    @Aysha M:
    Oh yeah Aysha M, where is MQM’s governance? They have the “people’s mandate” right?

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  • Jul 24, 2013 - 9:24PM

    All this is happening due to the massive CORRUPTION in every field of life all over the country.The addiction to getting unearned wealth is so strong that it doesn’t let any one think of the consequences,nor does it let the harm to be seen that is being done to the nation as a whole

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  • Bhai log
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Pakistani army cant event protect its assets.

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  • Nadir
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Yeh Musalmaan nahi ho saktau. Negotiations must begin immediately.

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  • Umer
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Funny that all blasts these days happen in provinces other than Punjab. Hint. Hint.

    Is this another way to force other provinces to tout Punjab’s line?

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  • Taimoor
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:33PM

    And we have no quick response teams capable of taking these terrorists down. After a few hours, one or two terrorists will be killed, and the rest will manage to escape forever.

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  • abcd
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @Hammad M:
    lol sir are u sure u live in Pakistan? Sindh govt is PPP, MQM is the biggest opposition.

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  • confused
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Hammad M:
    PTI troll, level 100.

    How can u drag MQM into this in any way? It is the only party calling for army to do its job and carry out operations against extremists who don’t believe in the constitution or Pakistan or peace.

    Khan sb, on the other hand, might wanna talk to these Sukker attackers and sign a treaty!

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Like many other terrorists activities, this is also an ugly act of terrorism to kill the innocent people.

    I am very grieved that ISI Office has been target by the terrorists.

    Some TV reports mentioned that a terrorist has been arrested. If so, he should be interrogated so that authorities should be able to reach the master minds of the terrorists.

    May Al-Mighty Allah rest their souls in peace. AMEEN.

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  • xyz
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:45PM

    @Hammad M:
    What a joke. Sukker’s not in Karachi (or Hyderabad)

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  • Justice
    Jul 24, 2013 - 9:49PM

    @Hammad M:
    That was a completely out of context comment..sukhur..bomb blast..mqm???:s u make no sense bro

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  • saeed
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:06PM

    @Hammad M:

    Dear, in case you have been living in Mars, MQM governance was gone as soon as democracy arrived in Pakistan. Our democracy does not like sharing at a local level. Besides, sukkur was never MQM strong hold.

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  • Zain
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:08PM

    And then they speak against Drone attacks without knowing the facts that Taliban can only be defeated with the help of USAF Drones.

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  • Waseem Ch
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:09PM

    I am eagerly awaiting Hamid Mir’s and Asma Jehangir’s condemnation of this violent terrorist attack

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:10PM

    boom

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  • umar
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:15PM

    How much time will it take for the government to initiate a full scale war against the militants. What is the so-called fifth largest army in the world doing. What are the brave people of Pakistan doing who purportedly repelled the Indian army using the broom stick in the 196 war. Has religious extremism gone so deeply in the veins of most Pakistanis that they dont care about the innocent people dying and getting maimed by these barbarian. What can you expect from a country that supports Aafia and hates Malala.

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  • umar
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:16PM

    How much time will it take for the government to initiate a full scale war against the militants. What is the so-called fifth largest army in the world doing. What are the brave people of Pakistan doing who purportedly repelled the Indian army using the broom stick in the 196 war. Has religious extremism gone so deeply in the veins of most Pakistanis that they dont care about the innocent people dying and getting maimed by these barbarian. What can you expect from a country that supports Aafia and hates Malala.Recommend

  • Sohraab
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:19PM

    @Hammad M:
    Oh yeah Hammad M, still dreaming to malign MQM in every incident happens in Pakistan!!
    Grow up buddy!

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  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:21PM

    @Aysha M

    Would you please stop rubbing salt into our wounds by making such lethargic statements,

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  • Syed Hamza Rasool
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:23PM

    So sad to hear this & I’m sure other agencies are involve in this case …

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  • Umer
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Must be some rough strategic assets. Happens when you feed the snakes.

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  • Shiraz
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:49PM

    @Umer:
    Interesting you say, last month there was a bomb explosion in Lahore’s food street!

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  • Umer
    Jul 24, 2013 - 10:49PM

    @Aysha M:

    Where is Sindh government?

    Attack on a security agency is a federal government issue. That would be PMLN government.

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  • ek tha tiger
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:18PM

    @RAW is WAR:

    Kaboom

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  • Babloo
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:28PM

    Have the magic words “namaloom afraad” being uttered yet ?

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  • Jamali
    Jul 24, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @Aysha M:

    How can government stop suicide bombs Aysha. Have some shame lady and dont be so biased. If ISI cant stop them then no civilian can.

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  • Zeeshan
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:25AM

    According to my source, intelligence agencies had recently undertaken successful operations against local dacoits who were being used by a foreign intelligence agency to smuggle weapons to and from Balochistan. This was done in retaliation.

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  • Naseer
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:33AM

    @Jamali:
    It’s impossible to stop a suicide bomber but at least effort should be made to eliminate these culprits before they get on their mission.

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  • Zeeshan
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:38AM

    @Umer:
    Terrorism is not just a Federal Government issue. It is both a Federal and Provincial Government issue.

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  • imran
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:44AM

    change isi head and army head

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  • Akhtar Baloch
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:47AM

    @bhai log

    The Pakistani army’s the only thing keeping you safe from those scary terrorists you see. Before bashing them without thought, consider how many times a day they stop you or some other innocent Pakistani from being blown up?

    P.S : Food for thought; why do you think the army is targeted time after time and none of these major politicians ever hear a bomb blast close to them?

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  • muttahida
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:02AM

    all the militants should be arrested and interrogated.

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  • Assad
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:09AM

    @Hammad M:
    Well for that matter, where is Pakistan’s governance? Do you think a local government can handle the TTP menace that our useless Federal government has not been able to manage?

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  • saeed
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:12AM

    @Jamali:
    Dear Jamali, They can be stopped by “effective policing”, same way rest of the world does it. For that you need to have capable and sincere people at the helm of affairs. They defenitely can not be stopped if police is full of people appointed on political basis. ISI is an agency for external intelligence.

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  • romm
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:14AM

    @RAW is WAR:
    may be next BOOM is somewhere in …………..

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  • Jul 25, 2013 - 1:50AM

    the blast was extremely loud and incredibly close. for victims of sukkur.. .
    terrorism in pakistan is not new. it’s like a video game. while people are killed with ”cold blood” and no body is ready to take stand against it. there must be the end of this game, which had been started for a long time..

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  • Jul 25, 2013 - 1:52AM

    now what will happen next?

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  • A Abid S
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:53AM

    Its sad but I expect better job from the spy agency…they should have seen it coming…if they can not protect themselves in a small city of sukkar how do they plan to protect the entire country…??? I believe terrorist have limited resources otherwise they will be blasting every day because i dont think agencies are stopping them but its their own resources stopping them…limiting factor……

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  • ayaz
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:58AM

    feeling very sad

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  • Kala Khan
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:16AM

    @Bhai log: ohh you indian troll. Its your funded men who attack military assets – when they come ready to die nothing could be done anywhere in the world. Still all got killed and the terrorists held there remain safe

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  • manish rohera
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:24AM

    home to my great grandfather condolences from india

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Jul 25, 2013 - 3:09AM

    @yousafhaque: “**All this is happening due to the massive CORRUPTION in every field”

    Corruption is everywhere in the world, but it involves money, not guns and bombs. Pakistani blasts are because of the short-sightedness of it’s leaders from the 70′s and 80′s (and still continuing).

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  • Jul 25, 2013 - 5:01AM

    this is the first bomb blast which targeted the isi in sindh but there are some questions that sukkur is the city of peace so why did they targeted isi office in sukkur only? and why did they not do this in any other city?

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:06AM

    @Hammad M: @Aysha M:
    Oh yeah Aysha M, where is MQM’s governance? They have the “people’s mandate” right?

    Go and read constitution and see with what powers governor is equipped to deal with national or provencial security or for that matter day to day running of government.

    please share with us what you would learn so that this irritataing “your governor, your governor” phrase is not scribbled by you and many like you any more. comment to show your knowledge, not your ignorance !

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:26AM

    @Aamir – Toronto: @Aysha M
    Would you please stop rubbing salt into our wounds by making such lethargic statements,

    Please stop this cruel joke ! PTI is defending the terrorists and its supporters are drowning Pakistan with their cocodile tears

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:29AM

    @Umer: @Aysha M:
    Where is Sindh government?
    Attack on a security agency is a federal government issue. That would be PMLN government.

    Law and order is provencial subject. You can confirm it with KPK governemnt

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  • True Karachiwala
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:34AM

    @Jamali: @Aysha M:
    How can government stop suicide bombs Aysha. Have some shame lady and dont be so biased. If ISI cant stop them then no civilian can.

    Then we sit idly and simply keep counting the casualties ? and BTW what has ‘having shame” to do with demanding protection from governemnt? what are governments meant for?

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  • map
    Jul 25, 2013 - 10:36AM

    FYI guys, Sukkur is the third largest MQM dominated city in Sindh!!!
    Hence I certainly agree with Hammad M!

    Ciao

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  • Aysha M
    Jul 25, 2013 - 1:26PM

    @True Karachiwala:
    Great to read your comments, keep them coming in more regularly

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  • Kamil
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:43PM

    @Hammad M: so u mean to say that people’s amn committee’s favourite peoples party government does not have “people’s” mandate which has actually been ru(i)ning this province??

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  • Kamil
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:44PM

    @yousafhaque: please do not be insulting to sind as sind has no parallel in corruption

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  • Kamil
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:45PM

    @Umer: have u seen other provinces’ governments raising and protecting peoples amn committees??

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  • Kamil
    Jul 25, 2013 - 2:46PM

    @Justice: bias has no sense just bias which hides the sind government’s rule

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  • Reality
    Jul 25, 2013 - 5:56PM

    May ALLAH have Mercy on us. Ameen

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  • Jul 25, 2013 - 9:18PM

    Those who choose to side with conspiracy theories should realize that the terrorists are only focused on pushing their deadly agenda forward. They are not concerned with our failure to realize the obvious; they just continue to push their deadly agenda forward. Time after time we find the same culprits behind these attacks. We’ve just approached the midpoint in Ramadan, and these terrorists have already conducted several deadly acts of terror. The seriousness of the situation requires us to refrain from indulging in the conspiracy theories, and instead, focus our efforts against those who are looking to disrupt our peace objectives. We have full confidence in Pakistan’s ability to counter the threat posed by the extremist organizations. We are working closely with the government of Pakistan and hope to negate the common threat through mutual cooperation.
    We repeat what Jen Psaki, Department of State Spokesperson, said recently: “The United States stands with the people of Pakistan in condemning such senseless and inhumane acts [recent bombings]. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wish those injured a speedy recovery.”

    Ali Khan

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  • Bhai log
    Jul 31, 2013 - 12:04PM

    @Akhtar Baloch:
    Do u think you are safe in Pakistan ?

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  • Bhai log
    Jul 31, 2013 - 12:07PM

    @Akhtar Baloch:
    These are the same scary terrorists who blew innocent people in markets, mosques, hospitals etc and u still thick our forces are successive in defending us?

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