Islamic State leaflets found at shooting site of 'US national' in Karachi

Published: April 16, 2015


A woman identified by police as a US national was shot and wounded in Karachi Thursday, officials said, with leaflets found at the scene claiming the attack on behalf of the Islamic State group.

The victim, in a stable condition after being shot once in the head and once in the arm, was identified by police as Debra Lobo, a member of faculty at the city’s Jinnah Medical and Dental College.

“Lobo was on her way to the college when her car came under attack by two armed assailants riding on a motorbike on Shaheed-e-Millat Road in the eastern part of the city,” a police official told AFP requesting anonymity.

The incident was confirmed by senior police official Pir Mohammad Shah, who said she was a US national. According to the website of the college, Lobo is an Associate Professor of Community Health Science.

The US embassy has not confirmed the identity or nationality of the victim.

“We’ve seen press reports and are monitoring and looking into the reports,” a spokesperson told AFP.

Shah said messages in English and Urdu were dropped at the scene saying the attack was carried out by the “Lions of Daulah Al-Islamiyyah”, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State group (IS) which has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and the Middle East.

The leaflets, seen by AFP, are plain printed text documents with no IS emblems or insignia and vow more attacks on Americans.

“We shall lie in wait until we ambush you and kill you wherever you may be until we confine and besiege you in America and then God willing, WE WILL BURN AMERICA!!!” the leaflet, seen by AFP, says.

There have been concerns about the IS group tapping support in Pakistan.

Leaflets calling for support of IS jihadists have been seen over recent months in parts of northwest Pakistan and pro-IS slogans have appeared on walls in several cities.

Some disaffected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan cadres have also said they have switched allegiance to IS, but the true extent of links to the group’s Middle East operations remains unclear.

According to Shah, the assailants fired two bullets, with one passing through one cheek and out of the other, while the second bullet pierced one of her arms.

“She was rushed to a private hospital where doctors say her condition is stable,” he added.

A spokesperson of the Aga Khan Hospital where she was being treated confirmed her condition was stable.

A copy of the letter obtained by our correspondent Noman Ahmed can be viewed here:

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Reader Comments (14)

  • imtiaz hamid
    Apr 16, 2015 - 4:54PM

    How low a city can get when a Doctor and educator is shot ? It is an ominous refection of prevailing culture of the city and its inhabitant. If you do not like her teaching, tell her so. She was not getting rich from the job. I want all the excuses one can make. Perhaps dawn will not have the courage to publish itRecommend

  • Aiman
    Apr 16, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Why would someone want to hurt a lady who is saving lives?Recommend

  • Hasan Askari
    Apr 16, 2015 - 5:48PM

    Establishment is busy doing its politics and trying to reduce power of MQM

    Irony is that MQM is the only party in Pakistan which is against Lashkars, Jaish, TTP, Lal Masjid types, etc.

    This is the mindset of this country.

    The city was infested with sectarian, anti US, anti India, anti Shia groups like lashkars, jaish who actually have their bases in Punjab and NWFP. These groups conduct their activities in Karachi so that they are saved from an operation against their bases.

    World needs to put pressure on government of Pakistan to start operation against terrorists head quarters in Punjab. If anyone knows Pakistan they know that Urdu and Sindhi speakers are not into such kind of violence against minorities. Both the parties here MQM and PPP are very moderate and liberal.

    Unfortunately funding from middle east to these groups in Punjab and NWFP is the problem. No goverment has ever taken action there. Musharraf went after Lal Masjid and he was made an example. The Lal Masjid cleric is a hero and gets money from government now.

    Any killing is wrong and condemn-able but people who leave their country to work for others should be allowed to do so in peace. Unfortunately establishment and government is not taking actions against terrorist bases in punjab. Shame on them. Recommend

  • syedpk
    Apr 16, 2015 - 6:13PM

    @imtiaz ahmed,
    You could have atleast changed the name of the newspaper in ur comment before copy-pasting it here.Recommend

  • Assad
    Apr 16, 2015 - 6:14PM

    How tragic. An educator is a life saver and to be a doctor on top is to take it from thought alone to the physical realm.

    Wish her recovery and health. May we rid ourselves of all internal / external anti Pakistan interests leading to such lows.Recommend

  • A
    Apr 16, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Please correct ET..she wasn’t a doctor.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 16, 2015 - 7:15PM

    The downfall of investments in Karachi started when two Americans working for US Consulate were killed long time back on main Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi.

    After that few more American nationals were killed on the Queens road flyover and then at the rear entrance of the US Consulate after which it was shut down for many years.

    The Police should investigate the matter at length as why Debra Lobo, Vice Principal Student Affairs of Jinnah Medical and Dental College was shot on Shaheed-e-Millat Road.

    The assailants must be arrested by all means and should be brought to justice by the speedy trial Anti Terrorism Court.

    ET should publish a special feature as how many American nationals were killed till now in Karachi and whether the killers were arrested by the Police or not? Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Apr 16, 2015 - 8:23PM

    sad, our thoughts and prayers with the family of affected. time to go after these animals. unleash all intel and force of state on these rats!Recommend

  • Alim
    Apr 16, 2015 - 8:24PM

    Islamic State supporter U are not human,Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 16, 2015 - 8:32PM

    I realize that it will cause hardship on those who are law abiding citizens but we have seen time after time that target killings are done on motor bikes and double riding should be banned through out Pakistan. My heart goes out to Debra, she is a dreamer and dreamers are in the forefront to serve humanity regardless of their comfortable lives at home. I pray for her full recovery and I see the writing on the wall that she will go home for good. Once again we will lose another educator because of these religious extremists and terrorists who want to bring the country to the dark ages. Let us pledge that these people will never succeed and Pakistanis will join the democratic and progressive countries of the world and will excel in every field. .Recommend

  • Afaaq
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:56AM

    Lions of Islam shooting unarmed women. Oh my what valour and courage displayed by these idiots. Shame our religion has been hijacked by these morons. Recommend

  • Shah(Berlin)
    Apr 17, 2015 - 10:53AM

    I dont know what brought that doctor to stay in Pakistan and save lives…and than some on just killed her for help us.

    This is just so sad and wrong on so many levels….Islam teaches some thing completely different…
    May Allah give her health….Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:00PM

    @Hasan Askari:
    I am certain the weapons found in MQM headquarters were also brought from Punjab and NWFP.Recommend

  • Safina Suri
    Apr 18, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @A- Your comment on this sad event is “Please correct ET..she wasn’t a doctor.” this shows the mindset of people in Pakistan that do not question the security situation, the failing sense that ordinary citizens are being gunned down by thugs, crime is rampant and yet we wonder if the woman who was shot at is a doctor and for the staff of Express Tribune to allow such comments displays a lack of no sympathy for the Mrs. Lobo’s family. Recommend

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