Police have made significant progress in the investigation of Friday’s terrorist attack on the Karachi Police Office (KPO) by arresting a suspected facilitator and seven other suspects from various parts of the city, according to sources. Officers from the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) detained the suspects after a high-level committee was established to investigate the incident.
A CTD agent arrested the alleged facilitator in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar neighborhood, and seven other suspects were taken into custody during raids in slum areas. In order to identify the suspects, information obtained from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) was used following the geo-fencing of the crime scene.
On Friday evening, terrorists wearing suicide vests and armed with automatic weapons and grenades stormed the KPO. A fierce battle with the security forces ensued, resulting in the death of four people, including two police officers and a Rangers inspector, as well as the injury of 16 others. After killing the three militants involved in the attack, the forces regained control of the building.
Nine teams, including bomb disposal teams from the police and military, conducted a final search of the compound, and as a result, several items were seized for evidence. A hand grenade, brand-new pistols in plastic boxes with all of the necessary accessories, a box of 9mm bullets, a dagger, a digital camera, a smart phone, two watches, and a man’s wallet were among them. 210 fired and unfired bullets, grenade shrapnel, burnt-out suicide jacket fabric, a burnt-out bag, a USB, and a pistol holder were among the additional items found.
Two of the three terrorists who carried out the attack had been identified, according to Inspector General of Sindh Police Ghulam Nabi Memon, but the suicide bomber’s identity was still unknown. He promised to identify the terrorist organizations and organizers of the attack.
After an injured policeman from Shikarpur named Abdul Latif, who was assigned to Security Zone I, died while receiving medical attention at a hospital, the number of people killed in the attack rose to five.
The Sadar Police have been given the finds from the search, and the investigation is still ongoing as arrests are made. The police chief reaffirmed his commitment to finding and prosecuting everyone responsible for the attack on the KPO.