Suicide bomb attack on Rangers' van in Karachi kills 2 officials

Published: March 20, 2015
The Rangers mobile that was attacked in Karachi on Friday, March 20, 2014. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

The Rangers mobile that was attacked in Karachi on Friday, March 20, 2014. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Just hours after a deadly bomb attack on the Bohra community in Karachi’s district south, the city witnessed another powerful bombing as a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into a Rangers’ van in district central and detonated killing two officials and wounding at least four people.

The attack took place near Qalandria Chowk, North Nazimabad as Rangers were conducting a routine patrol.

“A suicide bomber coming from the wrong side rammed his motorcycle with the Rangers mobile,” claimed Gulberg division SP Faisal Noor while talking to The Express Tribune. “Investigations have been initiated, particularly with the help of a motorcycle and the human body parts of the suicide bomber found from the blast site.”

Law enforcers were also trying to obtain the finger or foot prints of the bomber to identify him.

A Rangers spokesperson confirmed that the two Rangers personnel had lost their lives while two others were receiving treatment for their injuries. He added that the attack seemed to be a suicide attack using a vehicle borne improvised explosive device. However, bomb disposal experts concluded that the bomber was wearing an explosive vest which contained around six kilogrammes of explosives.

Bodies of the dead and injured were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsies and medical treatment. The Rangers personnel who lost their lives in the attack were identified as Yar Muhammad and Qasim.

SHO Sarfaraz Gondal added that a couple, Khurram and his wife Saeeda, passing by the van at the time of the attack had also suffered injuries.

Various Rangers and police officials, including IG Sindh, also visited the blast site. The President, Prime Minister, interior minister, Governor Sindh have also expressed their sorrow grieves over the incident.

This is the first major attack on Rangers in the current year. Since an operation against militants started in city in September 2013, 35 Rangers have lost their lives while over 100 have been wounded in various attacks and encounters.

Meanwhile, Rangers spokesperson has termed the attack as a reprisal against the ongoing operation against militants in the city.

In a statement, DG Rangers Maj Gen Bilal Akbar asked the public to remove all security barriers within three days since it obstructs LEAs in performing their duties.

He added that after 72 hours, the Rangers will conduct an operation without discrimination against criminals.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Raisani
    Mar 20, 2015 - 8:19PM

    Does anyone have doubt now that this is not only revenge from our brave n dauntless Jawans of Rangers but also a coward attempt of diverting nation’s attention from the very recent revelations of Saulat Mirza.
    The things are crystal clear. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 20, 2015 - 11:10PM

    Why don’t u blame this on MQM as well, just like you’ve been doing for the past 25 years. These type of attacks and the attack earlier on Bhora community shows that criminal are roaming freely, meanwhile innocent MQM workers are being arrested.Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 21, 2015 - 1:45AM

    Agreed This is Just a so called “badla” from mqm party by the rangers…..!! shame on such people who are killing innocent people……!! Recommend

  • atif
    Mar 21, 2015 - 2:13AM

    Shame on u for blaming mqm without any proof!!! These are all old tactics for defaming mqm … Everyone is jealous of muhajirs and dont want them in mainstream politics thats the real storyRecommend

  • Asad S
    Mar 21, 2015 - 2:47AM

    @Hasan Still playing the innocent ‘pushing us to the wall’ card? You guys are hopeless.Recommend

  • Voice of reason
    Mar 21, 2015 - 3:53AM

    @ Hasan. If mqm had been truly the protectors of democracy and the people of Karachi, then they would’ve used their militant wing to not allow these suicide bombers to enter Karachi in the first place. MQM has failed Karachi and the entire nation all for its own agenda. So called most organised party of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 21, 2015 - 4:20AM

    in order to have any peace in Pakistan everyone must stop any political, language, regional excuses to justify violance. a criminal as a criminal no matter which party it belongs to and what language he/she speaks. MQM has been known to create problems in the city for many years but nobody any action. I cannot believe that a a crooked man sitting in London can cats so much destruction in Pakistan. I hopr our brave army can get rid of all these crooked people no matter which party they belong to. this is the only way Pakistan ever make any progress. unless this is stopped Pakistan will always be in trouble. law and order must be established at the cost of anything. nobody should be allowed to carry a machine gun in Pakistan regardless of party in positionRecommend

  • Amaan
    Mar 21, 2015 - 4:27AM

    @Asad S: you r fatherless.. Recommend

  • Kamil
    Mar 21, 2015 - 5:05AM

    MQM is behind these suicide bombings.Recommend

  • Rehan
    Mar 21, 2015 - 7:23AM

    obviously mqm did not do this, but if mqm did, then establishment should be very worried, civil war can take place, and Pakistan can be destroyed in the process. Recommend

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