Karachi: 3 WHO attack suspects arrested from Sohrab Goth
KARACHI: The Joint Investigation Team, formed by the Sindh Home Department, claimed to have arrested three suspects on Sunday for their alleged involvement in the attack on the World Health Organisation (WHO) officials engaged in polio vaccination campaign in the city. It may be noted here that on July 17, some armed men, riding motorcycles, had attacked a vehicle of United Nations in Mohammed Khan Jonejo Colony in Sohrab Goth police limits in which WHO official Dr Dedo Foston and his driver Mehmood Ahmed were injured. Taking serious notice of the incident, the Sindh government constituted a Joint Investigation Team led by DIG (East Range) Shahid Hayat Khan and comprising members of intelligence agencies and police.
After few days of the incident, the armed men attacked a clinic in Sohrab Goth area, killing Dr Mohammed Ishaq who was also affiliated with the WHO polio vaccination campaign.
After these attacks, the probe team expanded its network and managed to develop sketches of the suspects. On Saturday night, a team of DIG East Range in collaboration with the intelligence agencies personnel raided an area in Sohrab Goth and arrested three suspects after some resistance, and moved them to investigation unit.
A senior officer refused to divulge the names of the suspects but said that they were affiliated with the banned Tehrik–e–Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and were involved behind the attacks on the WHO officials.
Police claimed that the same group was involved in both the attacks on Dr Dedo Foston and deceased Dr Mohammed Ishaq.
It may be recalled here that Dr Dedo, who belongs to Ghana, had come to Karachi in connection with the polio vaccination campaign. Police said that as per SOP (Standing Operating Procedure) it was obligatory upon every foreigner, especially the UN officials visiting Pakistan for polio vaccination, to inform the local police in order to get police escort. However, Dr Dedo had not informed the local police about his visit and they were visiting the area for the past three to four days before the attack. Further investigation was underway.