Five assailants killed in retaliatory gunfire after terrorists attack police official’s convoy in Karachi’s Malir area
Former Malir police chief, Senior Superintendent of Police Rao Anwaar’s convoy came under a grenade and gun attack in the Malir area of Karachi on Saturday night. The policemen escaped unhurt, however, five attackers were killed in retaliatory fire.
According to details, the SSP was returning from slain DSP Fateh Muhammad Sangi’s residence, who was martyred earlier on Friday, when unidentified assailants, in one car and three motorcycles, hurled hands grenades and opened fire at his convoy.
Anwaar stated that he was heading to inspect the incident site where DSP Sangi was killed when his convoy came under attack. “Police retaliated promptly to the attack, killing five attackers, who appear to be Taliban militants,” said the SSP.
He further said that weapons and hand grenades were recovered from the killed attackers; however, their identities were still unknown.
Anwaar had on Thursday made startling claims that two suspects that he had arrested – Tahir alias Lamba and Mama Junaid – belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and had been sent to India for anti-state training in the past.
The revelation stirred a political storm with the MQM lashing out at the SSP for maligning the party with baseless allegations. Anwaar was removed as Malir SSP the same night for “abusing his official powers” and conducting a press conference without approval from senior officials.