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Lashkar-i-Jhangvi faction involved in Karachi blast: police

Published Sep 19, 2012 08:38am


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officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi. – Photo by AFP
Officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi. – File Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Initial investigations of Tuesday's North Nazimabad blast revealed that around five to eight kilograms of explosive material was used in the explosion, DawnNews quoted the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) special unit as claiming.

The FIA's team visited the site of the explosion and analysed the area for forensic evidence.

“The explosive material contained around 500-800 ball bearings,” FIA’s investigation unit said.

A First Investigation Report (FIR) into the incident was registered under the Explosives Act and Anti-Terrorism Act on behalf of the state.

According to the FIR, the first explosion took place at 19: 19 PST (local time) and the second explosion occurred a minute later.

At least seven people, including a three-month-old baby, a 12-year-old girl and a woman, were killed and 22 others injured — the victims predominantly belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community — when twin blasts rocked the North Nazimabad neighbourhood.

LJ involvement

Police detained two brothers of one of the men suspected to have been involved in the blast.

According to police’s initial investigation, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi’s (LJ) Shuja Haider group was involved in the attack.

Police claimed that LJ members Mohammad Shaqib Farooqui, Murtaza alias Shakil, Arab Miskeen, Murad Shah and several others were involved in Tuesday’s blast.

The LJ members were also suspected to have been involved in three blasts in 2009 — a blast in Orangi Town on Muharram 8, a blast at Paposh Nagar Chandni chowk on Muharram 9 and a blast in the Light House area on Muharram 10.

The suspects were arrested from Mauripur Road in 2010 but had managed to escape from the city courts' premises after attacking the police with hand grenades.

Speaking to media representatives, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Karachi West Naeem Akram said that Tuesday’s blast had similarities with the blast that took place near the Chinese Consulate blast on July 23, 2012.

The blasts came a day after the visit of Syedi Mufaddal Bhaisaheb Saifuddin, designated successor of Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin.

An improvised explosive device (IED) weighing around 25 kilograms had been found at the same place on Aug 13 and had been defused by the police.


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Shabbir Sep 19, 2012 11:35am
What a shame for the government and law enforcement agencies that knowing the targeted place as in recent future the bomb was planted on the same location but luckily it was located (Not by any law enforcement agencies) and defused but no measures was taken. And the commissioner Karachi is saying on air that it is impossible to check every nook and corner of the large city.
Oz Sep 19, 2012 11:28am
Ask the supreme court who released them with "insuffucuient evidance" sighted as the main reason. I do not support any political party in pakistan, as the current politicians are neither worthy of ruling, nor worthy of sitting in the opposition. If you look at the current government's timeline, see the number of issues they had to deal with politically - before they could do something for the country. I can only forsee the same for the next govt.. I hope and pray this does not happen. It's very important that all houses of establishement get their act together and sit on a common agenda to save the country than their own backs!!!
muzzy Sep 19, 2012 11:22am
we aint chosen this path what made you think of that.
Caz Sep 20, 2012 07:43pm
I am just a man of reason.
joker2020 Sep 19, 2012 10:14am
we really dont care which fanatic party was involved in this...we want answers..we want results... we want an end to this!!!
zahiid Sep 19, 2012 08:29pm
Is there any reason that God should protect Pakistan :( Are we serving any good to HIS cause :(
Akbar Sep 19, 2012 07:17pm
Why Pakistan calling itself Islamic Republic when there are no laws like Saudi Arabia. Immediate action are required to deter this kind of jungle acts. Why such organisations are flourishing in this country? Marshall Laws can take over the whole country & not take over such terrorist organisations. Are these organisations not the priority challenge for the nation?
Yawar Sep 19, 2012 06:22pm
Why does the government not make public the identity and photos of LJ members and leaders? Who are they trying to appease?
Yawar Sep 19, 2012 05:50pm
you must be an Indian who still refuses to accept the existence of Pakistan
Tariq Ahmed Sep 20, 2012 07:36pm
why are the leaders not arrested? If judiciary is scared, then provide burqa to judges to hide behind. These terrorists should be beheaded in public and shown on pay per view, the money generated should go to the families of victims. Thats justice.
Aghast Sep 19, 2012 02:43pm
This is a despicable act, carried out by cowards under the guise of religion. Islam is a peace loving religion, which teaches its followers to be tolerant. Just because people do not adhere to a certain doctrine as deemed correct by these murderous people does not give them carte blanche to conduct such acts. It is shameful how the level of security has been reduced in Karachi and more shame on the government which does not provide the basic necessities to its citizens.
Omar Khan Sep 19, 2012 02:42pm
So very true. This is simply intelligence failure. How much resources they eat up and what are the results, can anybody tell
precious Sep 19, 2012 02:41pm
with police station right across the parking,it is a shame on police. every one posted at this police station should be under investigation.
MMS Sep 19, 2012 11:55am
If the police are informing us about the name of the organization, and the individuals involved, why do I have this feeling that the culprits are going to be set free in the very near future for lack of evidence. As long as the judiciary does not have the backbone to procecute them for their crimes, the LJ will be emboldened to carry out more attacks. Is there not one individual in the judiciary that has the backbone to procecute these criminals? What Pakistan needs is a Chief Justice who has a backbone, one that has the courage to not only force individuals to write a letter but to also procecute those murderers who are now running rampant in our nation.
Pramod Sep 19, 2012 11:52am
The problem in Pakistan is that not many get caught. if they get caught very few of them get the punishment. Fast and furious punsihment is required to handle the terrorism
S.Hussain Akbari Sep 19, 2012 11:50am
It is now no use to present one's views on the matter concerned. Government is not interested in doing anything to protect the lives of the people in general and that of minority communities in particular. So, you may break your head, but do not expect anything good from the rulers who ever they may be. Live like you are doing it . The tunnel has got a curve with the result you can not see any light at its end in this country. May God protect Pakistan !
Ch Taimoor Sep 19, 2012 11:07am
I do not understand why ISI, IB and other intelligence agencies are always unable to locate and police unable to arrest them? I hope to arrest them won't be a blasphemy.
Caz Sep 19, 2012 10:53am
These islamo-fascists peddling a desert tyranny must be destroyed. Pakistan is an historical mistake and it will not find peace until this mistake is corrected.
AHA Sep 19, 2012 10:43am
This is the path that the people of Pakistan have decided for themselves. No other outcome was ever possible. Them versus us cannot work any other way.
hang Sep 19, 2012 09:02am
If these peoples are involved then why don't they are hanged instead of freeing for more terrorism.
AHA Sep 19, 2012 03:45pm