KARACHI: Two private guards and a cop lost their lives while foiling two different robbing bids on Tuesday.
The two guards died in a bank heist, while a policeman lost his life trying to protect the cash van of a private textile mill in Shah Latif locality. In both the robberies, culprits managed to get away with the loot.
In the first robbery, at least five armed robbers barged into the branch of a private bank in Korangi within the limits of Awami Colony police station. According to witnesses, the armed robbers resorted to indiscriminate firing on entering the bank, wounding two security guards, one of whom died on the spot.
Following that the burglars held staff members hostage at gunpoint and manhandled them before looting Rs 1.6 million.
The whole operation was swiftly completed within seven minutes.
Later police shifted the deceased guard and injured to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where the injured also died. Deceased security guards were identified as Muhammad Shafiq, 40, and Dilshan Nisar, 38, both employees of Safety and Security Services Company, who had been deputed at the bank four months ago, along with a third guard who remained unharmed in the incident.
SHO Asim Marwat said the robbers, while fleeing did not take away the CCTV cameras installed at the bank, and police have obtained the footage.
"There are clear images of the robbers in the footage," the officer explained. "This footage will be crucial for investigating the case and identifying suspects with the help of police detectives, informers and intelligence."
The officer said that nothing could be said about the group of robbers yet, but the police could not rule out the involvement of outlawed militants. However, the case has been registered and further investigations are underway.
Separately, a policeman was shot dead when he tried to stop robbers from taking away money from the cash van of a private textile mill in Shah Latif area.
Police said that unidentified bandits intercepted the vehicle near Manzil Petrol Pump and looted Rs 4.5 million. When the cop tried to stop the bandits, they shot him dead.
The deceased cop was identified as Abdul Khaliq, 38, son of Ashiq Ali. "Two private guards of the mill and the policeman were riding with the cash-in-transit van as backup," police said.
The case has been registered and further investigations are underway. It is worth mentioning here that in 2013, at least 29 banks were robbed by armed men, and in most of the heists, members of banned outfits were involved.
Police investigators were able to investigate a few of the cases, however, most remain unsolved.
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