Cryptic message: Saudi Consulate comes under ‘attack’

By AFP
Published: May 12, 2011
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No casualties or injuries caused by 'cracker' bomb thrown at consulate building. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR MIRZA/EXPRESS

No casualties or injuries caused by 'cracker' bomb thrown at consulate building. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR MIRZA/EXPRESS

Unidentified attackers threw two hand grenades at the Saudi Arabian consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Wednesday. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS No casualties or injuries caused by 'cracker' bomb thrown at consulate building. PHOTO: SHAHERYAR MIRZA/EXPRESS
KARACHI: 

The Saudi Consulate received a mysterious message on Wednesday, when four men on a motorcycle threw two explosive items towards it that turned out to be firecrackers.

Investigators had earlier suspected that they might have been hand grenades.

The alleged assailants were on Honda CG 125 motorcycles. They flung one item that fell into a flowerbed while another one hit the outer security wall, police and witnesses said. No one was injured in the attack.

Three policemen on duty at the consulate have been suspended after the blast as according to the authorities, they failed to take action against the fleeing ‘attackers’.

Several attempts to confirm the nature of the blast and the number of police officials deployed at the Saudi Consulate failed as the operator on duty at the office of the SP Foreign Security Cell, responsible for the security of diplomatic missions in Karachi, cut off calls repeatedly.

No FIR had been registered till 07:00 PM at the Gizri Police Station, which falls under the jurisdiction as the Consulate is located at Khyaban-e- Shamsher.

SP Clifton Tariq Dhaerjo said that the teams are still investigating the matter and hence, it would be premature to say whether the blasts were a result of firecrackers or hand grenades. When asked about motive behind the attack, he said that the investigators were taking into account all clues, including the unrest in Bahrain and other countries.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ralph
    May 11, 2011 - 4:44PM

    @Anomaly: your comment is unbelievable. This was a terror attack and can never be accepted.Recommend

  • Disco Molvi
    May 11, 2011 - 10:19PM

    Maybe they were Osama fans, perhaps angry at KSA for refusing to accept and bury the dead body of its proud son.Recommend

  • I_love_Pakistan
    May 11, 2011 - 10:25PM

    This may be Saudi’s own work as they want to portray a victim at a time when they have launched a brutal anti citizens crimes against their own citizens in Saudi as well as in Bahrain. What we need to be worried and start thinking about the JUI (F), Saudi, ISI criminal nexus that has converted the tolerant Pakistan into an extremist. Let’s show Saudis the door out of Pakistan, no interference and tell them love is not for sale, you will need to earn it. Recommend

  • asad
    May 12, 2011 - 2:56PM

    Saudis did this themselves to get sympathy. Saudia is wanting to get support from Pakistanis as the dictatorship of King Saud family is in danger. People of Arab are not happy with Saudi government. Saudi King wants Pakistan’s help to save his kingship. Recall Deoband organizations organized a procession on 6th May in Karachi to show their support for King family as the seminaries of deoband get fund from Saudia and Saudia gets man power i.e. Jihadi Talibans from Pakistani seminaries of deobandRecommend

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