KARACHI: At least 7 policemen were martyred as armed persons attacked vans in Orangi town on Wednesday.
DG Rangers Major Gen. Bilal Akbar said that investigation of attack on policemen in Karachi has been started and culprits would be brought to justice soon. Action would be continued against the elements spreading fear in Karachi, he added.
A.D. Khawaja, Inspector General of Sindh police, announced Rs 5 million bounty for providing information relating to killers of policemen deployed on the security of health workers engaged in a four-day anti-polio campaign.
Khawaja said that the militants could not down the morale of the law enforcers. He said that it is not possible to provide two police mobiles each to 5000 anti-polio teams.
The IG Sindh announced a compensation of Rs 2 million for each family of the victim. Two family members of each family would also be given jobs in the police department, he added.
SSP CID Raja Umar Khatab said that 8 terrorists on 4 motorbikes attacked policemen and killed 7 of them on the spot.
Details of the incident
In the first incident, armed militants targeted mobile of Pakistan Bazaar police station near Bangla bazaar. The gunmen attacked the van and injured four cops.
In another incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police mobile near Disco Mor, injuring three policemen.
The injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where all seven cops were pronounced dead on arrival.
Police sources said the police mobiles were deployed for the security of polio team. Anti-polio campaign has been halted in Orangi town. Emergency is declared at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Home Minister confirms 2 incidents
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal confirmed that two separate firing incidents had taken place.
Siyal said; “Three of the policemen were on guard duty accompanying polio workers. These policemen have laid down their lives to save the polio workers.”
He confirmed that the polio vaccination campaign has been temporarily halted in Orangi Town.