Explosions and gunfire rocked an upscale neighborhood in the southern town of Sukkur, Pakistan where gunmen have seized control of one government building in a brazen attack. State-owned television channel PTV reports the gunmen are “terrorists” while police report the gun and bomb attack was an attempt to challenge the country’s military. The “posh” neighborhood where attacks ensued houses officies of security forces and intelligence agencies. While the militants seized control of one building, another building came under fire and the wall of a third building colllapsed.
Reports have confirmed that at least one person was killed and 40 others injured.
According to Masood Bangesh, the deputy superintendent of police in Sukkur, local offices of Inter-Services Intelligence seem to be the main target. The ISI is “the premier Intellgience service” in Parkistan and is responsible for providing “critical national security and intelligence assessment to the Government of Parkistan.”
Information Minister has released the following statement, “I can confirm at least four blasts hit the posh locality which also houses several officers. I can’t say who the target was or how the attackers entered the area.” The minister added that police and Rangers paramilitary personnel had reached the area.
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