KARACHI; June 29, Pakistan Ranger with the help of other Security forces assassinated four terrorists who attempted to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange compound in Karachi in a gun and grenade attack on Monday.
Police and Rangers officials arrived at the scene soon after the attack and killed all four attackers, Sindh Rangers said. A clearance operation was held later.
In the combat with the terrorist one sub-inspector and two security guards were martyred . Seven people, including three police officials, have been injured. The attackers, armed with grenades and automatic rifles, launched the attack and attempted to enter the PSE compound, which is in a high-security zone and also houses the head offices of several banks.
Police surgeon Dr Qarar Ahmed Abbasi said that seven bodies and seven injured, including policemen, have been brought at the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.
Police said that advanced weaponry, hand grenades and explosive material was recovered from the terrorists’ custody. Officials of the Bomb Disposal Unit also arrived at the scene of the attack and scoured the site, including a “suspected car” parked outside PSE that may have been used by the terrorists, for any explosive material. A broken glass at the entrance to the PSE compound.
Sindh Rangers Director General Omer Ahmed Bukhari, during a press conference, said that the terrorists were eliminated within eight minutes. He told reporters that a combined operation by security agencies started at 10:02am and the attackers were killed by 10:10am.
Once the attackers were killed, security forces carried out a clearance operation and normalcy was restored to the area within 30-35 minutes.
He said that the terrorists had planned a long assault, that included bloodshed and holding people inside the building hostage. All the attackers were equipped with AK47s, hand grenades and food.
Sindh Rangers Director General Omer Ahmed Bukhari addresses a press conference.
The DG said that a tweet had been posted in which the attack has been attributed to the Balochistan Liberation Army outfit, adding that a final statement on it will be issued after investigation. In response to a question, the DG acknowledged that the attack bore similarities to an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi that was carried out by BLA militants in 2018.
DG Ranger said that the possibility of the involvement of foreign agencies, especially India’s Research and Analysis Wing, cannot be ruled out, saying that such attacks are not “stand-alone incidents” and cannot take place without the aid of “outside intelligence agencies”.
The DG Ranger declared that the terrorist incident cannot have taken place without the help of an outside agency. Among them, RAW’s frustration is apparent he said. Responding to a question, Bukhari denied the suggestion that the attack represented an intelligence failure, adding that security forces’ response was “in place” and the militants “could not achieve any of their motives”.
Bukhari said that the militants may have wanted to show that they have the ability to target high-profile places but they had been humiliated because they were eliminated within minutes. The Sindh Rangers DG said that investor confidence in the country had increased.
Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon also backed Bukhari’s statement, saying that since the attack on Chinese consulate, there have been other attempts that were foiled by security agencies. He said that it was a triumph for the country’s security forces as they had responded promptly and thwarted the motives of the attackers.
The Karachi additional inspector general of police directed officials to tighten the security of all important offices and trading centres across the city after the attack. Rizwan Ahmed, a police official at the scene, told that food supplies were found on the bodies of the gunmen, indicating they may have planned a long siege, which police quickly thwarted.
PSE Board Chairman Sulaiman S. Mehdi said “trading didn’t close even for a minute”. Around 1:20pm, the benchmark index at the PSE was up 0.31pc or 104 points at 34,044, he said , adding there is no doubt that this was a terrorist attack. The response of police and security forces was unbelievable. Our personal guards deterred the terrorists until police came in; they were not allowed to enter the building at all,” said Mehdi.
Islamabad Inspector General Mohammad Amir Zulfiqar Khan issued a security high alert and directed all senior officials to remain at their zones. Checking at all entry and exit points of the city has been increased and citizens have been told to cooperate with the police.He instructed senior officials to personally check security arrangements and present their reports.