KARACHI - Terrorists targeted a school, college and a police station within a span of just two hours on Friday. All the three coordinated attacks spread panic and fear among the Karachiities. No casualty was reported in the attacks except a minor injury to a schoolboy.
The first blast occurred at around 9:20am when armed motorcyclists threw a bomb inside the Mobina Town police station located on main Abul Hassan Isphani Road in District East, damaging a police mobile parked inside the police station, however, all the policemen remained unhurt in the attack.
Police investigators have obtained the CCTV of the attack, showing two bike riders hurling the bomb inside the police station before fleeing from the scene. Interestingly, the motorbike of the militants got out of order after they hurled the bomb. The pillion rider pushed the motorbike to restart for fleeing. “We have obtained the CCTV footage and trying to trace the attackers with the help of it,” explained Gulshan-e-Iqbal SP Dr Fahad Mukhtar.
Security forces rushed to the spot to examine the nature of the blast when another similar blast occurred in the District Central within an hour at around 10:00am. This time, the attackers targeted APWA College located at main Shahrah-e-Pakistan, Karimabad. “The motorcyclists threw a bomb from the Karimabad flyover which hit the college’s wall,” explained Gulberg SHO Tasawar Ameer. The officer said no one was wounded in the attack, however, one Sakina, 19, fell on the road due to the blast.
Investigation teams rushed to collect evidences from the crime scene when another low-intensity blast was heard. The third bomb targeted a prominent school “The Educators” located at Block-A, North Nazimabad.
“The attackers threw a bomb inside the school,” explained North Nazimabad SHO Shabbir Hussain. “A matriculation student who was standing on the courtyard of the school was wounded after a bomb exploded inside the school.”
The student – Osama Arif, 16, was slightly injured after the pellets hit his hands and face. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from where he was later released after first-aid.
Cases have been registered with the Mobina Town, Gulberg and North Nazimabad police stations in which police implicated the sections of attempt to murder, Explosive Act and section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act against unidentified persons. All three cases were registered on behalf of the State. Experts from the bomb disposal squad also examined the blast sites and collected evidences. “All the three were locally made bombs. Ball bombs were used in attack on the college and school,” explained a senior BD expert. “But the third bomb which targeted the police station was different as it was a cracker bomb. The bombs that targeted the educational institutions were each 200 to 250 grams in weight including the ball bearings. The bomb which was used in the attack on police station weighed 50 grams without ball bearings.
The series of bomb blasts showed existence of militants in the city. Since the beginning of current year, multiple similar attacks have so far been occurred in the city particularly in District Central where culprits targeted the Rangers check posts and police mobiles at least four times in Nazimabad and Liaquatabad. The investigators have failed to trace and arrest the culprits behind these attacks.