KARACHI: Two security personnel were martyred Tuesday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in a parking area in Saddar, Karachi.
The attack took place near the Saddar Parking Plaza near Empress Market, one of the busiest markets in the metropolis.
According to reports, the attackers on motorcycles managed to escape after they opened fire on the vehicle of the security personnel, injuring both of them.
The injured were rushed to the Jinnah Hospital, where doctors pronounced Abdul Razzaq dead on arrival.
But later, hospital officials confirmed that the second security person also succumbed to his injuries.
A large contingent of Pakistan Rangers and Sindh police personnel had reached the location soon after the incident and cordoned off the area and started gathering evidences. Karachi police chief Mushtaq Maher also reached the location.
“Two jawans belonging to a security institution were attacked in their vehicle. Our investigators are examining the crime scene,” Karachi police chief Mushtaq Maher told reporters.
“Our forensic experts are looking for fingerprints, empty bullet shells, CCTV footage or any other clues, and we will inform you as soon as there are any updates,” he said.
When asked, he said that police would try to “ascertain if there are links to any such earlier shooting incidents in the city”.
According to initial reports from Counter-Terrorism Department officials, a 9mm pistol was used in the attack, with empty 9mm bullet shells found from the scene of the crime.
“9mm weapon was used in the attack. Both jawans were shot in the head,” the chief of police’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) Raja Umar Khattab told reporters.