Bomb hits navy bus in Karachi, killing five

Published: April 28, 2011
Navy investigators gather around a bus at the site of the bomb attack in Karachi on April 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Navy investigators gather around a bus at the site of the bomb attack in Karachi on April 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Navy investigators gather around a bus at the site of the bomb attack in Karachi on April 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Navy investigators gather around a bus at the site of the bomb attack in Karachi on April 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Navy investigators gather around a bus at the site of the bomb attack in Karachi on April 28, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Navy bus targeted on Shahra-e-Faisal road, Karachi. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR MIRZA/EXPRESS Navy bus targeted on Shahra-e-Faisal road, Karachi. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR MIRZA/EXPRESS

KARACHI: A roadside bomb hit a bus carrying Pakistani navy officials in the port city of Karachi on Thursday, killing five people and wounding at least seven, officials said, the third attack on the navy in less than a week.

Pakistan navy spokesman Commander Salman Ali said two navy officials aboard the bus were killed and seven were injured. A hospital official said a passerby was also killed.

“The bus was taking navy officers to a dockyard when a planted bomb exploded nearby,” senior police official Tahir Navaid told Reuters. A civilian car and motorcycle were also damaged.

Two bombs hit buses carrying navy personnel on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding 56. Taliban insurgents took responsibility for the twin attacks.

Militants linked to al Qaeda and Taliban have carried out several attacks on the Pakistani army and airforce which spearhead offensives against them in their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border.

The insurgents have not targeted the navy in the past and security experts say the attacks on the navy, seen as a soft target with less effective protection, could be part of a new strategy to widen their violent campaign.

Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani last weekend said his forces had broken the back of militants. The insurgents, however, have waged a campaign of bomb and suicide attacks across the country in retaliation for military offensives against them.

End of live updates

10:05 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that most of the injured are in stable condition.

9:45 am

“A pedestrian was killed and 15 others were wounded,” Sharfuddin Memon said of the attack which took place in the city’s busy Faisal avenue.

Naval officials said that a female doctor and a naval officer also died in the attack and nine other naval officials were wounded.

“One lady doctor and one officer were martyred in the attack and nine other officials were wounded in the bomb blast,” a senior naval official told AFP.

9:30 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza confirms that one more person has succumbed to their injuries, increasing the death toll to three.

Among the dead are a lieutenant and a doctor, reports Mirza.

9:20 am

Officials state that the bomb was an improvised explosive device (IED) which was planted in a gutter by the road. Traffic on Shahra-e-Faisal road has come to a halt in the wake of the explosion.

9:15 am

At least 15 people have been wounded in the explosion, reports AFP. 35 navy personnel were on board the bus at the time of the blast.

9:10 am

Witnesses say the explosion could be heard one kilometre away.

Twitter update:

agentdodo My heartiest condolences to all the Navy personnel and their families, the pain of losing a loved one! Can’t even imagine it!Why the Navy Y?

NaheedMustafa The navy’s taking it hard in Karachi. Another attack on its personnel. via @mirza9

mirza9 Blast near Karsaz maritime museum is an attack on a pak Bahria navy bus again. Victims taken to PNS bahadur. 35 injured. #karachi

shakirhusain This waking up to blasts has got to stop. Can Mr Malik focus on Karachi instead of the bookies?

9:00 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that the explosive device was planted next to a gutter on the roadside and was detonated when the bus approached.

8:55 am

Reports state that the explosion took place when the vehicle was on main Shahra-e-Faisal road. 35 navy personnel were on board at the time of the explosion.

8:50 am

Two navy personnel have been killed in the explosion, while several others are injured. The injured are being rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

8:45 am

Initial reports state that a nearby petrol pump has also been destroyed in the explosion.

8:30 am

Police and Rangers have arrived at the site and cordoned off the area, but it is not known how many people were injured.

Earlier this week, two navy buses were targeted in separate parts of the city.Four people died and about 56 were injured as a result of the explosions. The Taliban claimed responsibility for those attacks.


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  • John
    Apr 28, 2011 - 8:38AM

    Another one? Hmm, who is doing this? Seriously. Recommend

  • fiya
    Apr 28, 2011 - 8:42AM

    very timely post!!

    Just about 15 mins back- while on my way to work, I and my colleagues had the misfortune to see the shattered bus and dead bodies. Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 8:55AM

    sad sad sadRecommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 8:56AM

    what a sad moment. no one is safe any moreRecommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 9:01AM

    so much for Kiyani’s premature statements saying they’ve broken the militant group’s backs. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:03AM

    My heart bleeds as how innocent are killed in bombs attacks. This is the third attack on PN Bus. I don’t understand as why the law enforcing agencies cannot prevent such attacks before its actually happens? Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 9:04AM

    My office is situated near that area. I heard the blast sound and some shouting of the people. Now, armed forces are not safe then how can a common man be safe?Recommend

  • HAS
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:18AM

    balochistan liberation front is upto this nonsense! why ? well, because they want navy out from naval units in gawadar, ormara, jiwani and pasni in balochistan !Recommend

  • Ashok
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:35AM

    I think Pakistan is at war with more than a ‘rogue element’

    Someone more powerful is orchestrating these events.Recommend

  • Munazza Sami
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:36AM

    I was on the way for my office and bomb was blast just a minute away from my car…….if i would one minute early then v’ll be no more……Thanks to ALLAH and plzz ALLAH safe all of us..Recommend

  • Shahid
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:37AM

    Really sad and a another heinous attempt by the enemies of humanity. May Allah Almighty bless the injured and keep all of us safe.Recommend

  • Haris Farooq
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Old story repeated, Police will nab them and courts will free them, thanks to the non existance of effective terror related legislation by the Government of Pakistan. Hats off to terrorists and Government of Pakistan both.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:44AM

    politicials + army = failed stateRecommend

  • Saad W
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:47AM

    These attacks are cowardly. If these people are doing jihad, this is a very cowardly and shameful way of doing jihad. They only bring a bad name to themselves and to their religion and commit great sin by killing innocents. I am sure Allah sees all the corruption and manipulation they do in the name of religion. Recommend

  • Talha Ahmed
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:02AM

    Why our law enforcement agencies dnt put vigilance cameras to monitor these suspect deployments.Recommend

  • Saim Baig
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Is anyone here in Pakistan who can make these stop? Enough is enough.Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Now where are imran khan or our media ! they are not pakistani . Is some ” Dharna ” for these innocents or will include these died persons in ” so called missing people ” . as nation we are stupid we always favor those people who kill us . Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:23AM

    DAWN says five :(Recommend

  • Khan Mirza
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:37AM

    It is really sad………my heartiest condolence for the died and injured families. It is really sham full act and crime such is not a jihad it is totally sin about which ALLAH will asked and will punished them who are responsible of it.
    May Allah Almighty bless the injured and keep all of us safe.Recommend

  • Saim Baig
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:47AM

    Very sad. Now The point is Why Navy is being targeted? They never launched any operation against any terrorist group. I think the enemy wants to demoralize the nation to its core.Recommend

  • savera akhter
    Apr 28, 2011 - 10:54AM

    where is this country going…sad :( i just came to office n heared this..not good yaar GOD Please have mercy on us….Recommend

  • chandran
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:01AM

    when some one try to traget navy then you people should have gone into
    alret mode to prevent further attack.Recommend

  • M A Khan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Nagahani Amwat alamat-qurb-qiyamat. Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:04AM

    CIA CIA CIA..get rid of them quick..things will improve immediately..ISI should hunt them and kick them out of Pakistan with in no time.Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:08AM

    If back broken outfits can do all this, I shiver to thing the full might of such groupsRecommend

  • Maria
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:14AM

    These cowardly attacks can only be the work of anti state criminals.Recommend

  • John
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Dear Pakistan,

    These are not the Talibans who fought the soviets. They are either dead or grown weary of war or old. These guys are new breeds who seasoned themselves by raping Afghanistan with utter ruthlessness, and who took possession of PAK cities since 1990s, rogue ISI elements or not.

    These terror acts have nothing to do with army operations in Waziristan or SWAT or NATO in Afghanistan. Such claims are smoke screen for recruits and these guys goal is to gain control of PAK for money extortion and for global terror operations.

    Has PAK caught hold of all those 100 or so suicide bombers walking loose in the country?

    There may be old friends among these Talibans, but they are no longer friends if they massacre others every day.

    If PAK fails to see this, then she is seriously underestimating these guys, and she is creating problems for others also. Recommend

  • Pro Pakistan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:06PM

    @Said Chaudhry:
    wat about blackwater?Recommend

  • Nilofer Jafri
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:10PM

    That is the fruit of our failed policy in Afghanistan. The Sher Shah bridge fell because of the design failure, similarly there should be someone to take the blame of this policy failure. The message is clear to our policy makers – Do not interfere in other countries affairs. Recommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:12PM

    This is very unfortunate and very sad and this has to stop.What ever it takes the law enforcement agencies have to crack down hard,heavy and quicklyRecommend

  • Rashid
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:14PM

    The army should carpet bomb the hide outs of the Taliban and those who support the terrorists (taliban) should also be bought to justice. They are equally terrorists and they include those parties who have soft corners and sympahirs for the taliban and other terrorists.Recommend

  • javed
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:20PM

    armed forces are not safe then how can a common man be safe? they can kill our pakistani brothers, but they can’t kill our spirit and our power.. Inshallah…
    army have to take a strong action.. karachi needs a military operation.. and police also don’t do their job these people enter the city??? it is also police fault…If police do their job properly no one this type of criminal can enter the city..our majority of police are providing security to our politicians…how can these police secure the city.??? exactly impossible… Recommend

  • Daviad
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:24PM

    really sad,,,what the hell our government is doing,,,until of unless CIA operatives or their agents (political personals, some media personals etc) are working in Pakistan,, such thing will do happens…Recommend

  • Saim Baig
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:25PM

    CIA involvement is a huge possiblity because of their hidden agendas inside Pakistan. If its not anything to worry about, why isn’t it mentioned.Recommend

    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:45PM

    Ever since Gen Kayani’s statement that army has broken the backs of the militants, there have been series of attacks on Pak Navy to prove him wrong. The other probability is that these outfits consisting of both factions of Taleban are trying to convey the message to the military to stop the on-going operations and not to mount operations in NWA under US pressure. However, this is the right time for Pak Army to take these attacks most seriously and eliminate these outfits once for all with similar tactics employed against LTTE by the Srilankan army. Recommend

  • Urooj Hussein
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Exterminate these Taliban terrorist ! There is no other solution. We must fight them tooth & nail to save this country from total anarchy.Recommend

  • Realist
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Reults of bad foreign policyRecommend

  • Meerza R Khan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 12:50PM

    Dear All,
    We are a brave Nation & we share grief for our Soldiers & officers lost.
    Yet we all understand that all this is the Futile Exercise to save the dying regime,
    We still remember what havoc & blood bath was initiated by the anti state agents on the Judges Rally at Shahrah-e-Faisal to appease & save the Musharaf regime,
    This time however the the Terror is being imported (Blake Waatar, Xhe etc), while obviously the Interior remains an innocent party & are sublime Allies.
    For the Nincompoop public, this is the classic example of what we call “The Karachi Card”.
    However, now i think there can be a reactive rather a blood consequence for the perpetrators.
    Posing to do a Good Job so as to save the “Ghaddari”, two vultures can be bagged in one shot.
    Public now knows & understands all.
    Pakistan Zindabaad
    Warm regards,

  • Mubashir
    Apr 28, 2011 - 1:27PM

    Maybe it is time to change our Afghan policy and save as much of sanity and Pakistan as we can..Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Apr 28, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Everyone is guessing that this is responsible and that is responsible, some fake callers may also take responsibility just to divert the serious thinking. All govt officers on the media are seems surprised who has done it? We are a poor nation in morale and in straight forwardness, Please inform all Pakistanis what is this for. I hope intelligence agencies know everything well. It seems a message and concerned people are reading it.Recommend

  • M Adnan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Enough is not enough
    dont know but it seems that this is start
    i m now 30+ in these three decades i never saw my country in peace and on the way of progress ALLAH reham kerRecommend

    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:07PM

    The bottom line is that Pak army should take on these deadly oufits head on and eliminate them once for all.Recommend

  • M Adnan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:10PM

    ya i agree with u but is there a single person in Pak who can control these thing

    @Nilofer Jafri: Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:24PM

    Some one has taken serious dislike to the Navy boys, it seems !! John, any guesses as to who may be responsible?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Forget criminals more like Non State Actors!!!!Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 28, 2011 - 2:28PM

    There are only two Talibans on earth, 1- Afghan Taliban 2- CIA Taliban (TTP) both have opposite agendas. The first want US out of this region while the other one wants to keep them in this region. I am sure ISI knew the reason why CIA is after our Army because of their capability of challenging US intentions. They have made our life miserable in the name of War On Terror.Recommend

  • Lady6
    Apr 28, 2011 - 3:04PM

    what else can be expected when the police is more concern about the cold drink than security. Yesterday me and my cousin was going to clifton and we had no license and proper documents of motor bike and many of the police men stopped us on the way, only one of them issued a challan and others asked for money… one of the policemen said “Cold Drink Pilao aur Jao” patheticRecommend

  • masood
    Apr 28, 2011 - 3:10PM

    @Munazza Sami:
    My heartiest condolences to all the Navy personnel and their families, the pain of losing a loved one! Can’t even imagine it!
    I heard the blast sound and some shouting of the people. Now, armed forces are not safe then how can a common man be safe?Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 3:30PM

    Lady6; Driving without a licence and complaining about a Policeman, How cheeky you can get. You should be feeling guilty for driving w/o license . Dont complain about police when u have such attitude.Recommend

  • ramanan
    Apr 28, 2011 - 4:01PM

    RAW is behind this.Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 5:32PM

    RAW, MOSSAD, CIA, XE, BLACKWATER, BLA….yet the Taliban takes the credit. They must be a really frustrated bunch that no one recognizes there efforts. We would rather believe that the whole world is conspiring against us Recommend

  • Apr 28, 2011 - 5:36PM

    i agree with chilli search raymond davis type foreigners asap.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    Apr 28, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Without driving license and your police charged a cold drink? you are so lucky. Come to India you will see how they charged us. No offence to police dept. Thanks. Recommend

  • GK
    Apr 28, 2011 - 6:38PM

    @Aamir: Which Taliban did Nasrullah Babar create – Afghan Taliban or CIA Taliban. Which Taliban did the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (of Kashmir fame) support . Which Taliban does the LeT support. Is it beyond conception that there is a Pakistan Taliban, created by Pakistan, nurtured by it and now being bitten by it. Recommend

  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Apr 28, 2011 - 6:40PM

    CIA is behind RAW is behind Mossad is behind Taliban is behind CIA. No islamic extremism and no ISI any where in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Apr 28, 2011 - 6:47PM

    @Saad W:
    Dear! I differ with your statement, no one has yet accepted the responsibility of these attacks. how could one be sure, its done by Jihadis. There seems to be a different perspective of this incidents.Recommend

  • Ya right
    Apr 28, 2011 - 6:50PM

    Easy way out – blame the Taliban and move on – never check what Raymond Davis’s mission was hereRecommend

  • Krishna Murthy
    Apr 28, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Ramanan “RAW is behind this.”

    There you go again.Recommend

  • Amer
    Apr 28, 2011 - 7:44PM

    These are not the taliban thugs that the army fought in Swat. There is someone else behind this nonsense. May Allah bless the Navy. Pakistan Navy Zindabad! They sacrifice everyday for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Apr 28, 2011 - 7:46PM

    They let Raymond leave and still they don’t know who is behind all this? as soon as you see the line “Taliban takes the responsibility” or “Al Qaeda takes responsibility” its a direct placeholder for “The CIA takes the responsibility.”Recommend

  • somdet
    Apr 28, 2011 - 8:30PM

    There was a big article by a retired ISI cheif few months back titled ‘ISI – Invisible Soldiers of Islam’ is No. 1 intelligence organisation in the world. What happened to them? Have they upgraded from from No.1 position UP to No.0 position?. How come CIA, RAW, Raymond Davis working under their Nose/ armpit…Or do they see only beyond pakistan, like – India, US…
    All the best guys. Recommend

  • AA
    Apr 28, 2011 - 9:25PM

    It could be Talibans or CIA or MI6 or may be raw. As a matter of fact the name of the spiritualist of Talibans is Ronald Reagan. Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Apr 28, 2011 - 11:45PM

    The world is tired of hearing the Pakistani whining that the Americans created the Taliban. It is true that the Americans supplied the weapons like the Saudis pumped in the money. But the whole ideological framework of the Taliban movement came from the ISI, which is inherently Islamist in nature. It was Pakistan who had arranged for the Pan Islamic forces to unite under one umbrella to fight against the Soviets. Pakistan dreamed that such a force can be used against India once the Afghan war was over. America also supported moderate and anti Wahabi Afghan leaders like Ahmed Shah Masood and Abdul Rashid Dostum. But the ISI deliberately attacked these moderate leaders and tried to sideline them after the war, as they were moderates Muslims and did not believe in ‘ finish the infidel at all cost’ ideology. Pakistan because of ideological and military reasons preferred the Taliban. The former ISI honcho, Hamid Gul has openly admitted that the Americans had never had any direct links to the Taliban and it was he (Gul) along with the other ISI men who had established the Taliban. Please watch the documentary, ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and read the book, ‘the Ghost Wars’, to know the actual facts behind the Taliban.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Apr 29, 2011 - 3:01AM

    The most important job of those who wear uniform is to find and destroy enemy, but in present times, enemy itself has come to them but our men in unform are sitting in offices, working nine to five. How ironic is that the soldiers are killed going to their offices during war times..Ten years ago, our men in unform chose sides without consulting anyone, but still not sure whose side they are on.Recommend

  • anand singh
    Apr 29, 2011 - 4:56AM

    @Said Chaudhry:

    What he ought to have said was that the back of Pak Army is bent. Having given in once in SWAT the fundamentalist have tasted blood and found pliable people with the PA & ISI who are active sympathizers & more,

    Today what the fundamentalists have achieved is something India could not do for 60 years – have a nation across its borders whose armed forces now defend themselves from the people not just on the borders but across the nation.

    Pak needs to thank Zia & Mush for this.Recommend

  • Imran
    Apr 29, 2011 - 6:20AM

    35000 Pakistanis shaheed, killed by the Taliban, where are the mullahs and Imran Khan in condemning this. Their sympathies are with terrorists. My heart bleeds for the innocent citizens and our brave soldiers matyred, it is so sad. May God have mercy on Pakistan.Recommend

    Apr 29, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Where did you get these figures which may be 3500 or even less. Recommend

  • Mirza
    Apr 29, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Don’t worry with all these new missiles and nuclear weapons we are safe. If you do not believe me then read Pervez Kiyani’s statement. He has broken the back of terrorists. Pakistanis are in safe hands!

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Furkan
    Apr 30, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Rest in Peace Brothers!!!! :( :( Recommend

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