Karachi witnessed 15 suicide attacks after 9/11: report
KARACHI: After the 9/11 acts, the city witnessed the 15th suicide attack on Thursday, raising the total death toll of such attacks to at least 335 and wounding 883. The Thursday’s bomb blast was declared suicidal by police high-ups that claimed the lives of four bystanders in Malir Halt area. It was the third suicide attack, targeting the police officials in the whole episode of terrorism in the city.
The 14th such incident happened in the Sea View area near Village hotel on Nov 16, 2011 where a suicide attacker blew himself up when policemen was chasing them, resultantly five terrorists and two policemen lost their lives.
The mega city witnessed its very first suicide attack by a woman in November 2000 at the office of one of the local newspapers located along MA Jinnah Road. It left three persons dead and six others wounded.
On May 8, 2002, the second similar attack near one of the leading hotels of the city killed 17 people, including 11 French engineers, and injured 45 others. In the same year on June 14, the third suicide attack targeted the US Consulate and left 12 persons dead besides injuring 43 others.
In 2004, the militants twice targeted the religious sites of Shia sect, killing 58 persons and injuring 140 others. A suicide attacker targeted Imambargah Hyderi, located near Sindh Madressatul Islam on May 6, 2004 while Imambargah Ali Raza came under extreme terrorism on May 31, 2004.
In the same month of 2005, yet another Imambargah Madinatul Ilm was hit by a suicide attack that left three persons killed and 36 others injured.
Subsequently, a wave of sectarian violence engulfed the city, claiming the lives of seven workers of a leading international food chain.
The US Consulate came under another attack when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a parked van of consulate, leaving three persons dead, including the head of the Crime Investigation Authority in Pakistan besides injuring 36 others.
Undeniably, the most shocking bomb blast of the country’s history shook the metropolis on March 11, 2006 when some 65 persons, including dozens of religious leaders, lost their lives in a blast inside Nishtar Park during a religious congregation of 12th Rabi–ul–Awwal.
Although the attack claimed numerous lives of people, including top-notch religious scholars, the investigators are yet to uncertain if it was a suicide attack or a planted bomb.
In July, 2006, religious scholar and the leader of then Muttahida Majlis–e–Amal Allama Hassan Turabi was targeted along with his nephew in a suicide bomb blast that took place near his residence located in Gulshan–e–Iqbal.
Two back-to-back suicide attacks occurred on Karsaz Road when Benazir Bhutto returned back to Pakistan after eight years of exile. The blasts left 160 persons killed and injured 500 others.
The shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi came under a suicide attack on Oct 7, 2010 when some 11 persons were killed and 35 others injured. In the same year on Nov 11, the Crime Investigation Department building was hit by an explosive-laden vehicle, which claimed 18 lives.
Investigators claimed that the bomber first parked the vehicle and then exploded it through a hand grenade.
The 13th such attack hit the residence of SSP Chaudhry Aslam, claiming eight lives besides wounding eight others.
Interestingly, law enforcement agencies have failed to arrest the terrorists involved in the last four incidents, including CID Office, Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine, SSP Chaudhry Aslam house and the Sea View attacks.