COAS vows ‘all-out support’ to Sindh police in anti-terror fight522 views
KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has expressed condolence over killing of seven policemen guarding polio team in Karachi and assured the Sindh police high-ups of ‘complete’ assistance in fight against terrorism.
According to Sindh police spokesperson, the COAS appreciated provincial police efforts against militancy and assured that Sindh police would be given all assistance required in rooting out the menace of terrorism.
He expressed his resolve to rid all four provinces of terrorism.
At least seven policemen were martyred when they came under fire from miscreants in Karachi in deadliest ambush of 2016 on law-enforcers .
According to our correspondent, two police parties were targeted in Bangla Bazar area of Orangi Town where unidentified gunmen on motorbikes fired shots on patrolling vehicles.
The policemen were guarding polio teams in the restive locality of Karachi where several polio teams have been attacked in the past.
The attackers, who left seven policemen dead on the spot, managed to flee from the scene. No further details and identity of the victims was immediately available.
Police and rescue teams shifted bodies of the victims to Abbasi Shaheed hospital for identification and medico-legal formalities.
“Eight terrorists riding four motorcycles opened fire on two police teams. One of our injured policemen retaliated,” DIG West Feroz Shah told media.
“Four policemen were killed in one attack and three died in a second ambush,” he said.
The deceased were guarding health workers engaged in a four-day anti-polio campaign started on Monday.
This is not the first time that police deployed for security of polio workers have come under attack from insurgents opposed to the campaign.
At least 14 people were killed and several others were wounded in a blast near a polio center in Quetta’s Satellite Town in January this year.
Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the carnage.