A Shia doctor was critically injured while his armed bodyguard was killed in crossfire when militants attacked them in Dabgari Gardens area early Tuesday morning.
Dr Shakir Hussain, an assistant professor at Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), had left his clinic along with his brother Dr Altaf Hussain. They were near Syed Anwar Medical Plaza when three assailants disguised in police uniforms intercepted them in a kidnapping bid.
A tussle ensued with the kidnappers when the guards refused to surrender their weapons, which led to the attackers opening fire, killing the doctor’s bodyguard Kamal Hussain on the spot. Dr Altaf was injured. One of the militants was also killed when another bodyguard opened fire.
Dr Altaf has been hospitalised and his condition is said to be critical.
Following the incident, two gunmen managed to escape but were soon arrested by Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel after their car slammed into a boundary wall near FC Chowk.
SHO East Cantt Muhammad Wali said the militants were sectarian terrorists in police uniform and tried to kidnap Dr Shakir and his brother.
“The deceased [militant] has been identified as Rizwan, an Afghan national, while one of the two arrested suspects is a Tajik national identified as Samad. He cannot speak or understand Pastho, Urdu or even Persian,” said the SHO.
The second arrested individual has been identified as Shamus Rehman, a resident of Kurram Agency. “The arrest of these sectarian terrorists is a real success,” added Wali.
So far this year, several Shia doctors, including Dr Shahnawaz and Dr Riaz Hussain, have been killed in targeted attacks across the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2013.
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