Cop martyred as taxi driver detonates explosives in Islamabad
The car wreckage after the blast in Islamabad on Friday.

A policeman was martyred and 10 persons injured, including cops, in a blast that took place at Islamabad’s I/10-4 Sector, as Pakistan is witnessing a rise in terrorism acts.

Late, Interior Minister told a TV channel that the terrorists were aiming for some “high value target” and the vehicle entered Islamabad from Rawalpindi.

Initial reports suggest that the explosion rocked a taxi after the policeman, patrolling the area on bikes, stopped it for checking. However, those travelling in the car detonated the explosives they were carrying, resulting in their death.

At first, the driver refused to stop the taxi, but he had to when the policemen chased him. However, the explosives were detonated as soon as the martyred policeman approached the car.

The Islamabad Police confirmed his martyred of Head Constable Adeel Hussain.

Talking to media, Islamabad DIG Sohail Zafar Chattha said two persons, the driver and a woman, were travelling in the taxi.

However, the images circulating on social media are showing only the body of a male but reports suggest that body parts are spread at the crime scene, which means the woman’s body may have been blown into pieces.

Meanwhile, the injured, including five citizens, were rushed to PIMS, the nearest and largest hospital in the federal capital.

In this connection, the health facility’s head said two bodies – one of cope and the other of a civilian (presumably the terrorist) – and 10 injured – five cops and five citizens – were brought to the hospital.

Earlier, the police had said that there were two injured citizens.

It seems that the brave Islamabad Police members have foiled a terrorism bid as there are several important government offices, sabzi mandi (the city’s main fruit and vegetable market) and educational institutions, including universities, in the neighbourhood.

The blast comes after the Islamabad Police seized a large quantity of weapons in a raid an area within the federal capital’s jurisdiction.

It is important to note that the Sector I/10 is located at the junction of Islamabad and Rawalpindi with the IJP Road separating the twin cities.

High value target

Late, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told a TV channel that the two terrorists were aiming for some “high value target” and the vehicle entered Islamabad from Rawalpindi.

Rana Sana said the taxi was registered in Chakwal but carried a fake number plate of Lahore, as the Eagle Squad members asked the driver to stop after due to be suspicious.

The law enforcers are always on high alert in the federal capital but there was no specific threat alert, he explained.

It is a developing story. Details to follow  


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