Attack on police station leaves head constable dead
[Dawn] A policeman was killed and two others were maimed in a brazen attack launched by suspected snuffies on the Sohrab Goth cop shoppe on Tuesday evening, police said.

The attack on the Sohrab Goth cop shoppe, situated in a thickly populated area, was a grim reminder of a last month terror attack on a Rangers picket near Al-Asif Square within the jurisdiction of the same cop shoppe in which two Rangers personnel had been killed and three coppers maimed.

DIG-East Abdul Aleem Jafferi said that the attack was carried out at the main gate of the cop shoppe when coppers deputed at pickets in the area returned to the cop shoppe after completing their duty to deposit their weapons.

The police said that initially a man came close to a policeman guarding the main gate and shook his hand in a bid to distract his attention. A police mobile van was at the main gate and the policeman was lifting the barrier to let it in when four men on two cycle of violences raked the cop shoppe building with submachine-gun fire.

"They used an AK-47 assault rifle to carry out the shooting," the DIG said, adding that the police also returned fire but the attackers managed to escape.

Three coppers, one of whom was inside the cop shoppe, were maimed in the attack. They were immediately rushed to the nearby Patel Hospital and were later taken to the Aga Khan University Hospital for treatment.

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Head Constable Zulfiqar Naqvi died on his way to hospital. Constables Ghulam Nazuk and Arshad Mehmood were admitted for treatment.

Before the attack, the police had rounded up several suspects from the adjoining localities in the Sohrab Goth area. Although it was not clear whether any of the placed in durance vile
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suspects were kept in the Sohrab Goth cop shoppe, the police claimed that the suspects were kept at different cop shoppes.

"No suspect was present in the lock-up of the Sohrab Goth cop shoppe at the time of the attack...the detained suspects had been transferred to different cop shoppes," the DIG claimed.

He said that it could be an attack to demoralise the police or it could be a reaction to the recent arrests in the Sohrab Goth area.

Another police officer told Dawn that the attack was carried out by snuffies active in the neighbourhood and it was possibly connected with the arrest of the suspects.

Following the attack, a heavy contingent of the police was sent to the cop shoppe.

The police collected around over a dozen spent bullet casings of AK-47 assault rifle from the crime-scene.

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-31