LEA's detained several suspect , widened investigation of Ismaili's bus attack

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Friday, 15 May 2015

While police widened the scope of investigation into Wednesday’s brutal attack on a bus carrying Shia Ismailis, Sindh Rangers claimed to have arrested 145 suspects in targeted operations in the city.

A spokesperson for the paramilitary force said on Thursday that the raids had been conducted in Sohrab Goth, Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Orangi Town and other areas and those held included alleged target killers and members of banned outfits.

The Rangers’ statement did not disclose the identity of the suspects detained.
The death toll in the bus attack rose to 45 after two of the injured died on Thursday.

Meanwhile, police investigators recorded the statements of two new eyewitnesses and decided to go through the list of suspected militants who were recently released from jails, officials said.
Karachi-East DIG Munir Ahmed Shaikh said that a meeting of senior police officers presided over by Sindh IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali at the Central Police Office had decided to investigate the Safoora Goth bus attack from all possible angles, including the involvement of banned outfits, suspected militants released from prisons and its connection with other recent terrorist activities in the city.

Mr Shaikh, who is also a member of the investigation team, said the meeting reviewed progress and the IG ordered the team to widen the scope of investigation.

The investigators will ascertain possible resemblances of the Safoora Goth incident with recent terrorist activities such as killing of two DSPs, attack on members of the Bohri community and cracker attacks outside some private schools.

The meeting also decided to interrogate the recently released militants.

Later, members of the investigation team visited the crime scene and recorded the statements of the two witnesses. They also met the bus conductor who had transported the dead and the injured to Memon Medical Institute/Hospital.

In a related development, Additional IG Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo, who heads the probe team, called for announcing a reward of Rs20 million (Rs10m each from the provincial and federal governments) for information leading to arrest of the attackers, according to a spokesperson for the city police.

The Sachal police station on whose jurisdiction the incident had taken place is yet to register a case.

Counter-Terrorism Department official Raja Umer Khattab told reporters after visiting the crime scene on Thursday that according to some witnesses, four attackers boarded the bus while two or three stayed outside.

Most of the 57 passengers had been shot in the head from a close range, he said, adding that 0.9mm pistols and Kalashnikovs were used in the attack.

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