Incident Summary:

07/21/2017: Assailants opened fire on a Pakistani Police vehicle in Korangi neighborhood, Karachi, Pakistan. At least four people, including three officers and one civilian, were killed and another person was injured in the assault. Al-Alami faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for the deaths of group members. Separately, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also claimed responsibility for the incident. Additionally, sources suspected that the attack was carried out by Ansar al-Sharia (Pakistan).

GTD ID:
201707210018

When:
2017-07-21

Country:
Pakistan

Region:
South Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Sindh

City:
Karachi

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Korangi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Pakistani Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Multiple 9-mm pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Assistant Sub-Inspector Qamaruddin, Constable Muhammad Babar, Constable Amjad, Muhammad Zahid, and Muhammad Abid.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Pakistan) (suspected) No
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"CTD fails to trace culprits involved in attacking police personnel," Daily Times, July 25, 2017."
"TTP militants behind police killings gunned down in Karachi," The Express Tribune, August 20, 2017."
"Pakistan: Three Policemen Among Four Killed in Karachi Attack," Dawn Online, July 22, 2017."