Karachi violence: Bomb attack kills 3 near Imambargah

Published: November 19, 2012
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The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, which was parked at a dairy shop located at a stone’s throw from Jamia Masjid-o-Imambargah Mustafa.

The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, which was parked at a dairy shop located at a stone’s throw from Jamia Masjid-o-Imambargah Mustafa.

KARACHI: 

A powerful bomb went off near an Imambargah in the Abbas Town neighbourhood of the city Sunday evening, killing three people and injuring over a dozen.

The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, which was parked at a dairy shop located at a stone’s throw from Jamia Masjid-o-Imambargah Mustafa, according to witnesses and police.

“The motorcycle was parked by a young man who bought something from the dairy shop and walked away, leaving the two-wheeler behind,” one witness told The Express Tribune.

The dairy shop, a nearby beauty parlour and a delivery Suzuki pickup bore the brunt of the explosion.

The bomb weighed around five kilograms and it was set off with a remote-control, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials said, adding that ball bearings were used in the device to inflict maximum casualties.

Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh Fayyaz Leghari confirmed three fatalities in the blast. Two of the victims – identified as Sajid Hussain and Azhar Hussain – died on the spot while the third expired on way to a hospital.

Sources put the number of injured people at 15. And a spokesperson for Rangers said several paramilitary troops guarding the Imambargah were among the injured.

DIG District East Shahid Hayat said the Imambargah had three security barriers, manned by paramilitary Rangers. This prevented the attacker from approaching the building, he added. A statement issued by the Rangers endorsed DIG Hayat.

Soon after the blast, irate community members gathered at the site to protest the bombing. They also prevented the authorities from inspecting the site. Some of the protesters also fired gunshots into the air to vent their anger. The resulting confusion led to a brief clash between protesters and paramilitary soldiers. A Rangers official and a protester were allegedly injured in the melee.

Several Shia community leaders rushed to the site to placate the situation. Speaking on the occasion, Allama Nasir Abbas termed the bombing a conspiracy by a “third force” to create differences between Shia and Sunni communities.  He appealed to his community members to show restraint.

In the same breath, however, he hit out at the government and law enforcement agencies saying that the bomb attack proved they had failed to provide security to Karachi’s residents.

But AIG Iqbal Mehmood said that the attacker could not get to his target due to the security arrangements put in place by the authorities. He added that the security agencies had prior reports about the threats terror attacks. All petrol and CNG stations in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood and nearby areas, especially those dominated by the Shia community, have been closed after the blast.

Police officials learnt that the motorcycle used in the attack was registered in the name of one Naeem. Police have reportedly raided Naeem’s residence. However, details of the raid were not available till late in the night.

Without naming any group, police officials said the attack might have been masterminded by banned outfits. IGP Leghari has constituted a four-member team to investigate the blast.

Abbas Town is among the areas declared sensitive by the police during Muharram. Jamia Masjid-o-Imambargah Mustafa is situated near the residence of prominent Shia cleric Allama Hasan Turabi, who was killed in a suicide attack in 2006.

Edited by Zeeshan Ahmad

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • FJ
    Nov 19, 2012 - 4:01AM

    Nothing can stop Shias of mourning the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain as.

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  • Ali
    Nov 19, 2012 - 8:21AM

    The mission of millitants failed….cause the Majlis went on!!!!

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 8:46AM

    We are against all such terrorist activities.Recommend

  • Tribune Fan
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:13AM

    Mr. Jinnah these are the rights of your fellow Shias have in the land of pure

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  • peace and only peace
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Well…….. One thing i don’t understand why people rushed to close the shops and harm them and fired up the shops and vehicles. Will this return the loss which already suffered by people due to blast? Or these shops or vehicles are of attackers(TTP)?

    Due to this we lost more than what the bomb blaster already done. CCTV footage of some protesters had already be shown by Mustafa Kamal during his tenure.

    And we have many examples set by karachities to remain calm after these type of attacks kindly follow them. And hats OFF to security persons which prevented further destruction

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  • sgrr
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:53AM

    The real question is that whether the security agencies in Pakistan are capable to deal this type of terriorist activities. My plain answer is “NO”. Untill we made our inteligence so strong with sophisticated equipments to check these activities abinitio, no one can do nothing. The real situation is that despite all the so called announcement, PTA could not block all SIMS issued on benami persons. The Sindh AG admits in the court that 99% motorcycles in Karachi are unregistered. This is the height of inefficiency of our two agencies I mentioned just for examples. The lack of will alongwith inefficiency is prevailing in all the agencies who have some relation with the maintenance of law and order in Pakistan and especially in Karachi, as no government owns the people of Karachi but everyone is eying on the lands of Karachi. If someone refer my earlier comments on various news items, it is, evident that this secterian problem initiated when Gen Zia allowed mushroom growth of Maderssas in Pakistan without any check on their finances outside the country.

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  • Faheem Rizvi
    Nov 19, 2012 - 9:57AM

    ..and it seems nothing can stop the taliban from killing more Shias. Complete breakdown of the law and order system. It is surprising to see people screaming about atrocities by Israel in Gaza all over the social media, but who is going to speak for the Shias of Pakistan?

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  • Ali Zaid
    Nov 19, 2012 - 10:45AM

    The agencies have failed to provide protection to civilians… and they are trying to convert peaceful protests into violent ones. I witnessed how rangers indiscriminately harassed the mourners following the blast. They took several boys (in black cloths) on gun-point and started aerial firing.
    Our security forces, be it police or rangers, can’t fight Taliban; cannot enter Lyari; cannot eliminate Land mafia/extortionists/ransom gangs etc, but they are always ready to target peaceful civilians.
    Shiites should occupy the streets of Pakistan on Ashura to protest Shia genocide.

    P.S. a milkman who was martyred is a Sunni Muslim and many other injured are Sunni brothers. Its high time, evil takfiri forces are against both the sects.

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  • Lord
    Nov 19, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Shia Genocide continues unabated . The perpetrators are at large roaming around freely among us eying there next target. Hopeless Place this country’ s situation has become.

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