KARACHI  - Two more policemen were gunned down while another injured in a targeted attack here on Thursday, bringing the death toll of policemen to 18 during 16 days of the current year. 

Two cops were killed while another sustained bullet injuries in an attack on the police van near Namak Bank in Buffer Zone area. Police said the victims were deputed on snap checking when at least six or seven masked armed riders opened indiscriminate fire on the police party and escaped from the scene.

According to the DSP Iftikhar Lodhi, three police personnel, including Head Constable Javaid, constable Asif and constable Saleem sustained bullet wounds. They were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Javaid and Asif succumbed to injuries while Saleem admitted for treatment.  Lodhi said an attacker was also sustained bullet injury when police retaliated but his accomplices took him along with them and fled from the scene. “We have found some clues and will hopefully solve the case within two or three days,” he added.

It is to be mentioned here that in first 16 days of the current year, 18 policemen including renowned Inspector Bahauddin Babar and SP Chaudhry Aslam were killed in targeted attacks.

Separately, an official of the armed force, Captain Ehtisham sustained bullet injuries when he offered resistance during a street robbery in the jurisdictions of Aziz Bhatti police station.

DSP Nasir Lodhi said the incident was occurred at Hassan Square area near Food Centre. He added two armed motorcyclists came and tried to loot them. When they offered resistance, the robbers opened fire at him and escaped from the scene without taking the looted amount. The victim was immediately shifted to a private hospital and later shifted to PNS Shifa where his condition was termed sustainable, the officer added. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

Meanwhile, a man namely Junaid was shot dead in Site area. Police shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medicolegal formalities and later handed over to heirs. Police said the victim was on his way when unidentified armed riders targeted him and escaped.

However, police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident.