2 Chinese engineers injured in an IED blast; Sindhu Liberation Army claims responsibility
KARACHI: Two Chinese Engineers and their van driver have been injured in a blast in Gulshan-e Hadeed area of Karachi Monday. According to Police, the incident took place when terrorists belonging to Sindhu Liberation Army (SLA) deactivated an improvised explosive device (IED) through a remote control.
According to details, two Chinese engineers were moving on a van near Steel Town (A residential block for the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills). An IED that was already planted alongside the road went off in which Chinese engineers and their van’s driver sustained injuries and they were rushed to a nearby 100-bed hospital where doctors declared them out of danger.
Soon after the blast, a heavy contingent of Police and paramilitary Rangers reached the spot and cordoned off the entire route and started search operation during which they held at least four suspects.
SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that it was obvious that the terrorist had targeted the Chinese engineers who were moving without security cover.
According to eye-witnesses, a pressure cooker was seen lying alongside the road and a police van that was on patrol was informed about that pressure cooker but they ignored it.
Police have also found some pamphlets from the spot of blast written in Sindhi language. The pamphlets read that foreigners/ aliens have occupied Sindh natural reserves such as Coal and mines and natural gas.
According to SSP Malir Rao Anwar, SLA has claimed responsibility of the attack on Chinese engineers.
The Inspector General of Police, Sindh Allah Dino Khoja in his post-blast statement said it has been established with the initial investigations that the Chinese engineers were removed from this area owing to threats but they had come back without keeping the authorities concerned informed about their return to that area. As they were removed from this particular area, police and Rangers deployment was also removed. At least 14 Chinese engineers are being settled in this area, he added.
He said that Karachi Police Chief is directly looking into the incident.
The IG has also sought report on the incident from SSP Malir Rao Anwar and DIG East.