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Gunmen Ambush Police Van In Karachi; 4 Personnel Shot Dead

PTI 20 Aug 2011, 11:34:34 IST

Karachi, Aug 20:   Four elite police commandos were killed and around 35 others injured when their van was ambushed by unidentified gunmen in a troubled area of this Pakistani port city which has witnessed 70 deaths during violence in the last couple of days.

The police personnel were ambushed late last night in Chakra Goth area of Korangi, but two of the gunmen were captured after being wounded in the ensuing shootout.  “The policemen were in plain clothes when they were ambushed and retaliated immediately,” city police chief Saud Mirza said.

The gunmen after attacking the van disembarked the policemen and shot dead four of them before the other commandos retaliated.

“Around 35 policemen, who were wounded in the ambush, have been shifted to Jinnah hospital the condition of six is critical,” Mirza said.

The injured included a DSP from Quaidabad.  The incident took place on a day when despite President Asif Zardari chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad to discuss the law and order situation in Karachi, the violence escalated with the death toll reaching 27.  Besides the killings, there were reports of 18 people missing and gunmen opening fire on public transport in some areas.

Seven vehicles were also torched in different parts of Karachi as the death toll for two days of violence has reached around 70. PTI