SSP Farooq Awan Targeted in Bomb Attack in Karachi, Pakistan

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 25, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

SSP Farooq Awan, the senior anti-terror officer in Pakistan, was made the target of a bomb attack in Karachi.

Awan was on his way to his home when his vehicle was attacked, reported the Express Tribune.

At least two police personnel were killed and seven were injured in the blast.

Awan was also injured in the attack.

A number of people could hear the blast in several parts of the city.

Awan was later transported to a private hospital.


ASSOCIATED PRESS Pakistan update:

Officials: US drone kills 10 in northwest Pakistan  

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants inPakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The missiles hit the moving vehicle when it was about 500 meters (yards) away from the Afghan border in the Pakistani border town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, the officials said.

Both Uzbek and local militants were among the 10 men killed, the officials said, adding that authorities were trying to get more details. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

U.S. drones often target militants in North Waziristan, which is home to local and al-Qaida-linked insurgents who carry out attacks on both sides of the porous border.

The strikes are extremely contentious in Pakistan, where many consider them a violation of the country’s sovereignty and express concern over the killing of civilians. The Foreign Office condemned the latest strikes in a statement, saying they were unnecessary given Pakistan’s own massive ground operation against militants in the region, which was launched in June.

The military says it has killed over 1,000 militants since launching the long-awaited operation in North Waziristan on June 15, but such claims are difficult to verify independently because of the remoteness and the inaccessibility of the region. U.S. officials rarely comment on the covert drone program.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.