Karachi: Heavily armed gunmen stormed a
court complex in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi,
freeing four members of a banned radical group after killing
Seven to eight armed men lobbying grenades and firing
from their automatic weapons stormed into the court shortly
after 3.15 pm and ran away after freeing four members of a
banned religious group who had been brought to the complex
under police escort.
The attackers and the four prisoners fled to the
nearby Jodia Bazar, where they exchanged fire with police.
Hospital officials said a policeman was killed after
being hit by bullets. Three persons were injured in the
"The men emerged from the mosque inside the city court
premises and attacked the police party who were escorting and
guarding the four activists of the banned outfit. They
resorted to indiscriminate firing and also threw three
hand grenades causing explosions as they escaped from the
court," an eye witness said.
Police were not willing to confirm which banned outfit
the freed under-trial prisoners belonged to.
Police surrounded Jodia Bazar, a congested market
with numerous narrow lanes, and started a search operation.
Traders shut their shops in panic on hearing the sound of
Karachi has been by and large spared of the violence
by Taliban militants that has rocked other Pakistani cities
over the past few years.