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Traffic DSP, driver killed in targeted attack in Karachi

KARACHI: Two officials of the traffic police were martyred in the line of duty in Azizabad on Friday morning.

Rescue sources said unidentified attackers opened fire on the official vehicle of the Liaqatabad deputy superintendent of police in Azizabad locality of the city.

As a result, DSP Mohammad Hanif and his driver/gunman Sultan died on the spot.

According to details, Hanif was aged 56 and Sultan was 54 years old.

Investigators said the attackers, said to be two in number and riding a motorcycle, fired at the police vehicle from the front.

Sources said they likely unloaded several magazines of a 9mm pistol as over a dozen shells were collected from the crime scene.

DIG West Zulfiqar Larik confirmed that two attackers riding a motorcycle carried out the attack.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal ordered an inquiry into the attack and directed for heightened security across the city.

Officials of the police are targeted in similar attacks in the metropolis.

On July 24, a traffic police official was martyred and another injured in a gun attack in the Abul Hasan Isphani road area of the metropolis.

The traffic officials were performing their duty when they were attacked and were posted at the Gulzar-e-Hijri traffic section.

On July 21, three police personnel were martyred when their vehicle was fired upon by unidentified assailants in the Korangi area of Karachi.

On June 23, four police officials were martyred in a gun attack by unknown assailants in the city’s SITE area.

An assistant sub-inspector was among those martyred in the attack. The policemen had stopped at a local eatery for Iftar when three assailants on a motorcycle, with their faces covered with helmets, opened fire and fled.tr

On the night of May 20, two police officers were killed and one “seriously injured” in a firing incident near Dhoraji area of Karachi.

Security officials revealed that a police vehicle was shot at, resulting in the instant deaths of Assistant Sub-Inspector Iftikhar and Head Constable Younus, while another official was injured.

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