Two dead, 7 injured in bomb attack targetting SSP Farooq Awan in Karachi

Published: September 25, 2014
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Vehicle of SSP Farooq Awan that was destroyed in the blast on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

Vehicle of SSP Farooq Awan that was destroyed in the blast on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

Vehicle of SSP Farooq Awan that was destroyed in the blast on Thursday evening. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS Vehicle of SSP Farooq Awan destroyed in bomb attack on Thursday evening. PHOTO: TOOBA MASOOD/EXPRESS SSP SIU Farooq Awan PHOTO: ONLINE EXPRESS NEWS Screen grab of a motorcycle destroyed in the attack.

KARACHI: Two people were killed and seven others, including two women and two police personnel, were injured when a bomb targeting senior anti-terror police officer SSP Farooq Awan went off in Defence area of Karachi on Thursday evening.

The bomb attack targeted senior anti-terror police officer SSP Farooq Awan’s white bomb-proof Prado on Khayaban-e-Momin near the Gizri graveyard roundabout in phase IV.

The blast was so powerful that it blew out the windows of nearby houses and caused the doors and windows of buildings in a half-kilometer radius to shake. It was heard far off areas of the city including Clifton and PECHS.

Police mobile, one motorcycle and his car were destroyed in the attack.

Following the attack, the dead and injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital. Awan, however, was initially shifted to a private hospital in Clifton where it is reported he walked in and out on his own. He was later shifted to the Agha Khan Hospital.

Additional IG Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo told The Express Tribune that Awan sustained minor injuries. However, he added, an unidentified man is in critical condition at Jinnah Hospital.

Talking to media IG Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali said CCTV footage shows that around 9pm some one parked a car near the site of the blast and walked away.

The blast took place at 9:04pm, and it seemed to be a remote controlled blast not a suicide one, said Jamali.

Jinnah Hospital MS Seemin Jamali confirmed that two people were killed, while six people were injured. The injured included two women and two police officials.

Two person killed in the incident are Abdul Ghafoor and Kaleemullah. Ghafoor, who owns a showroom, was brought dead to the hospital while Kaleemullah works in a burger shaop.

Women injured the incident have been identified as Mehwish, 20, resident of Qayyumabad and Musarrat, 21, resident of Lines Area, while two police personnel injured in the incident are SIU Constable Rehan Shah, 38  and SIU Constable Sartaj, 40. Others injured in the incident are Irshad, 29 of Line Area and Muhammad Ayub.

According to Jamali, all of the injured had received pellet wounds.

The attack follows similar high profile attacks on Counter Terrorism incharge SP Raja Umer Khitab and on slain CID officers SP Chaudhry Aslam and Shafiq Tanoli.

Profile of SSP Farooq Awan

SSP Farooq Awan is a highly decorated police officer who had served a good part of his 31-year career in anti-terrorism. Highlights in his career include investigating cases such as the Daniel Pearl murder case, and the attack on Iranian Engineers.

He has served as DSP Anti-terror wing of the Crime Investigation Department, as an SSP with the Anti-Violent Crime Cell, Investigation East, Crime Branch and Special Investigation Unit of the Crime Investigation Agency.

Awan, who started his police career as an ASI in 1982, made a name for himself in combatting crime between 1998 and 2007 when he persecuted those involved in kidnapping, and terror related activities. The highlights were investigation of the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl and attack on Iranian Engineers. He also apprehended a wanted sectarian terrorist during this time.
In recognition of Awan’s performance, the government of Sindh, intended to grant him accelerated promotion.

He was thus rewarded later when the Sindh Cabinet promoted him and a few other officers under a Section 9A of the Civil Service Act 1973. His promotion among a host of other officers came under review when the court took up a case of out of turn promotions. As per court orders, Awan and other officers were demoted to Grade 19.

After the court’s orders on July 10, 2013, he was promoted again.

Condemnations

President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, Chairman Senate, Leader of the House and Opposition in Senate have condemned the attack on SSP Awan.

PTI chief Imran Khan has also condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the deceased.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Abbas Ali
    Sep 25, 2014 - 9:32PM

    What a ridiculous stock image to put up against an article with very little information.

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  • Kiwi
    Sep 25, 2014 - 9:36PM

    After Ch.Aslam’s assassination, the deadliest attack on another brave police man. These terrorist outfits are complete nuisance. Society must shun these outfits who are not ready to let us live our lives. Salute to these brave men who are giving their lives for us. He must have made the lives of these terrorists difficult that they went after his life. Down with LJ!

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  • Hasan
    Sep 25, 2014 - 9:57PM

    Goes to show how ineffective this parthetic Karachi Operation as been. Terrorists have penetrated though posh areas, like DHA; While our useless LEA’s (Police & Rangers) are busy targetting innocent MQM Workers

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  • Tangerine
    Sep 25, 2014 - 9:59PM

    Eat your heart out terrorists, F.Awan is alright. Allah, the great, is most merciful. When are you going to learn this.

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  • Sarah airman
    Sep 25, 2014 - 9:59PM

    This is inhumane and pathetic why would honest police officers eradicate crime and take action against criminal activities when they themselves are not safe in this pathetic city! What this country needs is military dictatorship anybody who things democracy and these stupid parties will make the situation better are being delusional .

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  • Prado
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:06PM

    An SP owned a Prado ????

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  • M Ibrahim Ali
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:09PM

    I think this is an ever increasing menace which has engulfed the city of Karachi,no one seems to be safe from this terror;I myself hailing from Karachi think in order for stop this ever growing rampage on the streets of Karachi affirmative action needs to be taken on the part of the federal and local authorities in order to stem the growing loss of life in the city of lights Karachi.

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  • aam admi
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:24PM

    it looks we are living jungle where anyone can be attacked at any time. dharnas, bomb blast, mobile snatching, target killing…..Recommend

  • Rafe Hafeez
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:35PM

    All I can ever think on such occasions is “how did they (the terrorists) know”

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  • observer
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:44PM

    @Parado…late Ch.Aslam was owner of a house in defense..both of them stated their career as ASI

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  • imran ali
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:45PM

    Rangers are targeting innocent people,and terrorist are free to act according to their wish

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  • ani
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:47PM

    @ Rafe Hafeez : Very valid question. Time to ask tough questions. Else, things will continue to worsen.Recommend

  • Tangerine
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:48PM

    @Rafe Hafeez:
    So obvious. Inside job. Traitors hiding within the police.

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  • Razi Khan
    Sep 25, 2014 - 10:59PM

    Don’t get me wrong! I am glad the SSP survived – Thank God!

    But just out of curiosity! Who paid for that “Bomb proof White Prado”??

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 25, 2014 - 11:01PM

    Who wears green camo in desert environment?

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  • NorthF
    Sep 25, 2014 - 11:36PM

    It is interesting to see how we defend such corrupt police officials who are actually responsible for the security of the citizens of Pakistan but considering their own security brigades are not able to defend themselves. One wonders what of the intel agencies. There is no surprise nor shock when such incidents take place with corrupt policemen. Recommend

  • Syed Jalal Kashmiri
    Sep 25, 2014 - 11:44PM

    Indian involvement in these terrorist acts should be explored.

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  • Holistic
    Sep 25, 2014 - 11:53PM

    Is this attack any way related to the Karachi crackdown? Is this a reaction?

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  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 26, 2014 - 12:27AM

    R.I.P to the innocent.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 26, 2014 - 12:38AM

    @Prado: That is all you took in from the whole article?Recommend

  • gp65
    Sep 26, 2014 - 1:03AM

    RIP. Concdolences for the family of the slain hero. Hope they find the strength and courage to bear the loss.

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  • zhyusuf
    Oct 1, 2014 - 5:39PM

    My house was vastly destroyed by the impact of the blast. Contractor has put the rehabilitation of the damages to property in lacs.

    Wonder if there is any platform where I can plead for compensation to the damage.

    -Bomb blast effectee.

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