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Body of Cop Chiefs to Probe Karachi Blast

Posted by on Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:05
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Additional Inspector General of Karachi Police, Abdul Qadir Thebo is heading an investigative committee comprising senior police officials constituted to probe the bombing that targeted Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Farooq Awan, news reported.

SSP Farooq Awan

SSP Farooq Awan

According to sources, IGP Sindh Police, Ghulam Haider Jamali formed the committee in a high-level meeting hours after the attack that killed two people and left scores wounded.

DIGs of South, Special Branch, and Crime Investigation Department (CID) will also assist the probing body of top cops in their investigation into the attack.

Earlier, a car bomb attack in Karachi killed two people and wounded six others, including a Pakistani police officer, who oversaw crackdowns against militants and high profile terrorists.

The convoy of Farooq Awan, a senior officer, who heads the special investigative unit (SIU) in the police force, was attacked.

Raja Umer Khatab, chief of the city’s counter-terrorism unit, said that the explosive material was planted in a vehicle.

Ghulam Qadir Thebo, the city police chief, said early investigations suggested an explosives-packed vehicle was used in the attack but added that it was premature to say whether it was a suicide attack.

“Awan remained safe, though he sustained some injuries,” Thebo said.

Seemi Jamali, the spokesperson at Karachi’s Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, confirmed to AFP that two people died in the attack. She added two women were among the injured.

Since 2001, Awan has been a key player in the police fight against terrorist groups in the city.

He arrested the kidnappers and murderers of US journalist Daniel Pearl, in 2002 in Karachi.

The police officer also arrested Akram Lahori, a hardened Sunni extremist, who was involved in sectarian killings.

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