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Unlikely Savior: Bread Truck Shields Japanese Nationals from Karachi Suicide Attack

KARACHI: A suicide attack in Karachi on Friday resulted in the deaths of three individuals, including two bombers. The situation could have been far worse without the quick actions of brave private security guards and a vigilant police patrol. Additionally, luck seemed to favor the foreigners involved, as they narrowly escaped harm due to the presence of a minitruck.

According to police investigations, the terrorists, armed with grenades and machine guns, had intended a devastating bomb and gun assault. They triggered a suicide vest near a van carrying at least four Japanese nationals, mistakenly identifying them as Chinese.

However, their plans went awry. A policeman successfully neutralized a second suicide bomber with a precise shot to the head, while security guards accompanying the Japanese nationals also engaged the attackers. This combined response compelled a third assailant to flee.

Remarkably, the foreigners were shielded from harm by a minitruck transporting bread early in the morning. The truck intercepted the bombers, absorbing much of the blast intended for the targeted vehicle. Images from the scene depicted bread scattered on the road and the damaged rear of the truck.

Investigators revealed that the supply truck unexpectedly positioned itself between the bombers and the foreign nationals’ van, effectively acting as a protective barrier. Although such trucks are known for hurried driving during the early hours, on this occasion, their routine became a lifesaver.

The rear of the supply truck bore the brunt of the explosion, with its windows shattered. Despite the bombers’ initial failure and the swift response of the police, one attacker managed to escape.

Further details emerged as investigators discovered two cellular phones and three SIM cards at the scene, linking them to 18 different locations. Sources indicated that two handlers communicated with the attackers from the Hab and Qaidabad areas.

Authorities have filed a First Information Report (FIR) attributing the attack to a separatist group. The incident underscores both the threats faced by foreign nationals in conflict regions and the crucial role played by swift and coordinated security measures in averting disasters. The bravery of the security guards and law enforcement officers undoubtedly prevented a tragedy of much larger proportions. Efforts to track down the perpetrators and their accomplices are ongoing, emphasizing the importance of a thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice and prevent future attacks.

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