Targeted attack: Vice-principal of medical college shot and injured

Published: April 16, 2015
US doctor Debra Lobo, who is the vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College, was attacked at Shaheed-e-Millat Road on Thursday. PHOTO: FILE

US doctor Debra Lobo, who is the vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College, was attacked at Shaheed-e-Millat Road on Thursday. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A US national and vice-principal at Jinnah Medical and Dental College (JMDC) was shot and critically injured on Shaheed-e-Millat Road on Thursday in what the police suspect to be the first targeted attack in the city by militants claiming affiliation with the Islamic State (IS).

According to SSP Pir Muhammad Shah, the victim, identified as 55-year-old Debra Lobo, was shot at by four unidentified assailants on two motorcycles as she left the college to go home in her red Suzuki sedan.

Lobo was hit twice in her cheek and shoulder, following which she was taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital for treatment. Several hours later, the hospital’s spokesperson said that she was out of danger.

“The assailants left IS flyers at the crime scene with messages in both English and Urdu, claiming that the attack was to avenge the killing of their five ‘mujahideen brothers’ in Keamari,” said SSP Shah, while talking to The Express Tribune. Five suspected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, including their alleged commander in Karachi, were killed and two Rangers personnel were injured in a clash between security forces and miscreants in Keamari on April 8.

“I believe this is the first incident of its kind in Karachi where militants have claimed affiliation with the IS instead of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or alQaeda.” SSP Shah added that the police will look into the matter to see if the IS was actually tapping support in the city or local militants used the leaflets as a ploy to spread fear.

Similar leaflets have been spotted all over the country in the last couple of months, especially in the northwest parts of the country along with pro-IS wall-chalking.

The leaflet, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, is titled ‘We will burn America’. It stated that the ‘lions’ who ‘killed this Kansas lady’ belonged to the Daulah Al-Islamiyyah, the Arabic name for the IS. “We shall lie in wait until we ambush you and kill you wherever you may be until we confine and besiege you in America,” it read.

Officials at the medical college told The Express Tribune that Lobo moved to Karachi from California around two decades ago and became associated with JMDC as a community health science’s faculty member in 1998.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Parvez
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:12AM

    What happened to the National Action Plan….?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:28AM

    This is simply aweful.

    These loonies and the infrastructure that breed them need to be expelled from Pakistan.

    How brave they are targetting a foreign lady guest trying to help Pakistanis.

    Savages – plain and simpleRecommend

  • Khurram Zia Khan
    Apr 17, 2015 - 12:57AM

    These are coward criminals who are attacking a woman. So happy to know that Ms. Lobo is out of danger now. These senseless criminals are responsible for making Pakistan a laughing stock among global fraternity. Hope law enforcement agencies catch the attackers soonRecommend

  • objective observer
    Apr 17, 2015 - 3:14AM

    Happens in Afghanistan too and you support it there. Recommend

  • MJ
    Apr 17, 2015 - 4:20AM

    Forget about this, lets figure out how to oust MQM from Karachi to get PTI in power. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 17, 2015 - 6:27AM

    God bless you doctor. Glad to hear that she is out of danger.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Apr 17, 2015 - 7:24AM

    Can the interior minister please explain what is, in fact, the National Action Plan? I mean is there really a plan or is just an eye wash because the citizens of this country are so gullible that they even believed that this government would do everything to help the people who brought them to power!!!

    No. I think the government is more interested to ensure that all their “friends” are first looked after and then when there is time and opportunity, then the government can think of other things. After all, if somebody is attacked in the streets of this country, that is quite common. Nothing to get excited about. Now, it would be an absolute different matter if any body from the Prime Minister’s family or even the Interior Minister’s family would have to face something like this. But wait — all their families live in a parallel country — where they are protected by body guards, where they do not have to worry that if they step out, they might not see their family again or even have to worry about putting food on the table. Does the PM or the Interior Minister or any of our Ministers have anything to say about it???? Once again, does any one know anything about a National Action Plan — which was actually to protect the citizens of the country?Recommend

  • Zain
    Apr 17, 2015 - 7:58AM

    LEAs have full attention towards NA-246.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Apr 17, 2015 - 8:31AM

    Sorry Ms. Lobo, our LEA are busy unearthing crimes of MQM who came from foreign lands, don’t have time stop crime of our fellow brothers.Recommend

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