Suicide attackers target ISI office 2 killed

By: admin
Updated: 24 Jul 2013 11:05 PM


Karachi: A group of suicide attackers
stormed a compound in southern Pakistan housing an office of the ISI,
blowing themselves up and killing at least two people, including a senior
intelligence official, while injuring over 40 others.

The attack
was carried out shortly after 'iftar', the meal that ends the daily fast
in the holy month of Ramzan. Geo News channel quoted intelligence sources
as saying that five terrorists, wearing suicide vests and carrying
automatic weapons, were involved in the attack.


One attacker
rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the wall of the Inter-Services
Intelligence office at Barrage Colony in Sukkur, Sindh's third largest
city located 500 km from the financial hub of Karachi.

The others
stormed into the regional headquarters of the ISI, lobbed grenades and
exchanged fire with personnel inside.

Two attackers blew
themselves up inside the building, Geo News reported.

Two
officials, a Deputy Director of ISI and an employee of the Commissioner
House, were killed in the attack.

More than 40 people were
injured in the attack, police said.

Earlier media reports had
said that seven people were killed in the attack but later they clarified
that the seven killed, included five militants.

Police said that
all five attackers were killed and the area had been cleared of militants.

Witnesses
said they had heard at least four blasts within the high-security compound
that houses the ISI office and residences of intelligence, police and
civil officials.

Footage on television showed the ISI office and
other buildings were extensively damaged. The walls and ceilings of the
buildings collapsed and several cars were destroyed.

A police
official in Sukkur, who did not want to be named, told PTI that buildings
housing government offices were razed by the blasts.

Deputy
Inspector General of Police Javed Odho told the media the ISI office was
the target of the attack. "The blasts took place in a compound that houses
the offices of senior police officials and an intelligence agency," he
said.

Odho said that security and rangers personnel had to
surround the compound after the blasts and a heavy exchange of fire took
place between them and the militants before the area was cleared of the
militants.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon described
the attack as unfortunate and said the Barrage Colony also housed
residences of government officials, including judges.

No group
claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Taliban have targeted offices
of the ISI and other security agencies in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
provinces but such attacks are rare in Sindh.

President Asif Ali
Zardari condemned the attack in a statement.





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