Japanese consulate vehicle fired at in Karachi, one hurt

October 28th, 2010 - 4:40 pm ICT by IANS  

By Awais Saleem
Islamabad, Oct 28 (IANS) A security guard was injured when unidentified attackers opened fire at a vehicle belonging to the Japanese consulate in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi when it was returning from a bank, police said.

Police officials said that it was “apparently an incident of car snatching and the attackers managed to run away with $2400 and 27,000 Pakistani rupees”, media reports said.

“All three men in the vehicle were Pakistani staff of the consulate,” the officials added.

Muhammad Abid, supervisor of Japanese consulate security in Karachi, said a security guard was injured in the firing.

“The guard has received a gunshot on his hand.”

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah has sought a report of the incident from Inspector General of Police Sindh.

Fayyaz Leghari, a senior police officer in Karachi, said the “injured guard and two other staffers Ghulam Haider and Gul Muhammad have been shifted to hospital but their condition is not serious”.

“Security is already being provided to diplomatic staff but we will strengthen it even further now.”

(Awais Saleem can be contacted at ians.pakistan@gmail.com)

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