KARACHI: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chaudhry Aslam Khan along with two other personnel was killed, while around 11 others were wounded in a powerful blast on Lyari Expressway near Essa Nagri on Thursday.
The incident took place around 4:45pm, when SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan, son of Akram Khan, along with other personnel was on his way to CID headquarters from his home on Karsaz. As a result SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan along with driver Kamran and personnel Farhan died. The blast damaged at least five vehicles, while Khan's vehicle was completely damaged.
Reacting to the information law enforcers and rescue teams reached the blast site and cordoned the area to avoid any untoward incident. The injured and bodies were transported to the hospital for autopsy and treatment.
In charge of emergency at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Dr Semi Jamali told that Khan succumbed to his injuries before arrival at the hospital, he sustained several wounds on his body and his face was completely damaged.
Inspector general of police while talking to media said Khan's assassination was a big loss for the police department. "Police morale will increase because of this incident," he claimed. About the involvement of groups, he said that nothing could be said as yet, since the investigation was in its preliminary stages.
Bomb disposal squad (BDS) experts said the bomb weighing 20 kilogram was planted and detonated via remote control. Material retrieved from the site indicates that nut bolts and ball bearings were used with explosive materials.
On the other side, SSP Raja Umar Khitab said that nothing could be said at the moment due to insufficient evidence. Whether the bomb was planted, or it was a suicide attack was speculative for now, said Khitab.
Khan had been frequently targeted in the past, particularly for carrying out targeted operations against terrorists in the city. A bullet and bombproof vehicle was given to Khan following the attack on his house in September 2011. However, sources said that Khan was not travelling in a bulletproof vehicle at the time of the incident, as it had been taken back a few days ago.
Last action: Early Thursday morning, CID team led by Khan, in a bid to foil terror activities at Chup Tazia and Rabiul Awwal 12 procession had claimed killing three militants, including a local TTP leader. The CID chief had also announced in his last press conference that huge caches of explosive materials were recovered in the raid.
The CID team, under Khan's leadership raided parts of Sultanabad in Manghopir, near Northern Bypass on a tip-off.
As the raiding party neared the hideout, terrorists opened fire at them, forcing the police to retaliate. As a result, three suspects died while a CID personnel was wounded. Deceased terrorists were identified as 23-year-old Shahabuddin, son of Noor Alam, 30-year-old Imran, son of Basha Alam and 34-year-old Saveray Jan aka BBC, son of Hayakhon. SSP CID claimed that Shahabuddin was the local leader of TTP in Landhi, who in a wounded condition, confessed to killing at least nine policemen in Landhi. "He also admitted to attacking traders' homes for refusal to pay extortion money."
Quoting another deceased suspect, the CID chief in his last press conference had said that the other militant admitted to attacking an imambargah in Orangi Town and revealed a plan to attack Chup Tazia and Rabiul Awwal 12 procession.
Khan also claimed to have recovered 50-kilogram explosive materials, detonators, 10 hand grenades, a Kalashnikov and two 9mm pistols from their possession.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and other political and religious leaders have expressed grief over the martyrdom of Chaudhry Aslam and condemned the incident severely.
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