Karachi: Policeman’s eyewitness account sets tone for Malir blast probe Malir blast
KARACHI, Jan 26: A crucial eyewitness account by a policeman wounded in the motorcycle bomb explosion in Malir on Tuesday got a police investigation into the latest terrorist strike off the ground on Wednesday, officials said.
They added that while no terrorist outfit had accepted responsibility for the Malir blast, immediate suspicion fell on the militant group said to have been previously involved in deadly attacks on mourners.
Four people — including three policemen and a passerby — were killed and four others including a couple of policemen were wounded in the blast on Sharea Faisal on Tuesday evening.
Speaking to Dawn, SP CID Mazhar Mashwani quoted the wounded policeman, ASI Manzoor Bhutto, as saying that some policemen were on a patrol between the Malir Halt and Malir 15 when buses carrying mourners from the main Chehlum procession were returning.
He said it was during the patrol that the policemen noticed a motorcycle fitted with a courier box and a suspicious-looking man lurking around it.
By the time the police reached there, the suspect had crossed over the road and managed to flee despite an attempt made by the police to stop him, he added.
The wounded ASI Bhutto told his seniors that the two-wheeler blew up as the policemen examined it.
He felt certain that he could identify the suspect who had fled, the SP said.
However, the police had yet to prepare, let alone release, a sketch of the suspect by Wednesday night.