Search begins for two CID attack suspects


KARACHI: Investigators, looking into the attack on the head office of the Crime Investigation Department in Karachi, said on Friday that they are looking for two men – identified by eyewitnesses – believed to be involved in the terrorist act, and also released their sketches.
“Eyewitnesses confirmed that they saw the two men approach the CID building from the railway lines, located behind the office,” an investigator said. The men escaped minutes before the explosion,” a police officer close to the investigation told Pakistan Today.
Diversion: According to police sources, it was believed that the two attackers, both in their youth, created a diversion to direct the policemen away from their positions, which allowed their accomplices to gain entry to the building with ease.
They also said that against popular belief, a total of five attackers approached the front of the building in two cars. Two of the terrorists came in a four-by-four luxury vehicle, while three came in a pick-up that was carrying the explosives.
“The first two waited for their accomplices who came in a Datsun pick-up. When the latter three arrived, the two men opened fire on the guards at the main gates, and also attacked them with grenades,” the officer said. “Then, all five made their way to the second gate, inside the CID building premises.
When they failed to open this gate, which would have led them to the main building, they detonated the truck,” the officer added. Also, there are conflicting reports on who actually carried out the attack.
Television channels reported the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as claiming responsibility through an e-mailed message. But on Friday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Senate that the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was responsible for the deadly assault.
Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak told reporters that police had acquired CCTV footage, which would give investigators a lead in identifying the attackers.