Safoora carnage: Victims identify Saad Aziz, Tahir Minhas as main attackers

Published: July 10, 2015


KARACHI: Five victims of the Safoora carnage on Friday identified Saad Aziz and Tahir Hussain Minhas as the main attackers of the bus in front of Malir judicial magistrate.

“At least five victims whose identities cannot be disclosed identified Aziz and Minhas as the main shooters,” sources told The Express Tribune.

The source said the five witnesses were injured during the Safoora carnage in which at least 45 people belonging to the Ismaili community were killed in Karachi.

The suspects were presented among a dozen dummies thrice, each time with a different arrangment, but the witnesses pointed out the two suspects among others.

“The witnesses informed the judge that the suspects stopped the bus, barged in and started firing,” the source added. The report of the witnesses accounts and will now be sent to the relevant anti-terrorism court (ATC).

Read: ATC extends Safoora attack suspects’ remand

Earlier last month, an ATC extended the physical remand of three suspects of the Safoora carnage till July 13 upon request of the police.

The alleged mastermind of the attack, Tahir Hussain Minhas alias Saeen, as well as Saad Aziz alias Tin Tin and Asadur Rehman alias Malik are on physical remand in a number of cases, including the attack on Jinnah Dental College’s American professor Debra Lobo and T2F director Sabeen Mahmud.

Read: 43 dead, eight injured in bus attack on Karachi’s Ismaili community

The carnage was one of the most brutal attacks on a religious minority in the country. At least 45 people, including women and children, belonging to the Ismaili community were killed when around a half a dozen gunmen sprayed them with bullets in execution style inside a bus near Safoora Chowrangi in Sacchal on May 13 this year.

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously mentioned Jinnah Dental College’s American professor Debra Lobo was murdered. The error is regretted. EDITOR.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ali Arqam
    Jul 10, 2015 - 2:17PM

    “The murder of Jinnah Dental College’s American professor Debra Lobo”

    Debra Lobo was injured and not died Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2015 - 3:37PM

    If the injured suspects have identified them, then the case is very strong against the suspects. From what I heard, Saad Aziz was at home during the carnage, he is being implicated… but this now brings doubts…Recommend

  • Human
    Jul 10, 2015 - 5:42PM

    Even some of sympathisers would find faults with identification ayatem. Get out of denial and accept that radicalism is there and it can radicalise anybodyRecommend

  • Human
    Jul 10, 2015 - 5:44PM

    what I hear is more authentic than a courts proceeding. How ironicRecommend

  • kubutur
    Jul 11, 2015 - 12:09AM

    No one has sympathies for the accused perpetrators. But we are afraid the real culprits might just get away with the massacre. Do not forget that prosecution has yet to establish a strong probable cause for the crime despite confessions and witness identifications.
    If we did ban the real murderers, salute to everyone (civil/military). I am 100% sure that there will be no terrorist attack for quite a long time. We will see…Recommend

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