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All Japanese remain safe in suicide attack on a vehicle in Karachi: attackers killed

KARACHI: Police authorities stated on Friday that all Japanese traveling in a vehicle targeted in a suicide attack in the Landhi area in Karachi were unharmed and relocated to an undisclosed location.

Police said on Friday that five Japanese nationals were unhurt after their vehicle was targeted by a suicide bomber in Karachi’s Landhi area. Police also said that two terrorists involved in the attack were killed.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) East Azfar Mahesar said that the incident took place near Murtaza Chorangi in Landhi, adding that the five foreign nations were travelling in a Hiace van.

“All five Japanese remained safe. However, the private security guard with them was injured,” he said, adding that one terrorist was killed. Japanese were on the way to Export Processing Zone from their residence in Zamzama, Clifton, he said.

Authorities mentioned that the assailants, riding a motorcycle, targeted the van. They further noted the recovery of a bag containing grenades and a Kalashnikov from the scene of the crime.

SSP Malir Tariq Mastoi confirmed the nature of the attack as a suicide bombing. Additionally, another vehicle suffered damage in the explosion.

Reports also indicated the sound of gunfire during the incident.

While the injured are being transferred to a nearby hospital as per police directives, the nationalities of the victims remain unconfirmed.

Law enforcement sources disclosed that the foreign nationals were employed within the export processing zone.

In the meantime, officials at Jinnah Hospital informed Geo News that three injured individuals were admitted to the facility, with two in critical condition. The injured were identified as Noor Muhammad, Langar Khan, and Salman Rafiq.

Furthermore, hospital authorities confirmed that no foreign nationals were among the injured.

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