- Karachi started experiencing an increase in robbery just days before the holy month of Ramadan.
- In the most recent incident, robbers fled with more than 30 valuables belonging to a safe locker during a looting incident at a private bank.
- In a separate incident, armed robbers fled with Rs200,000 in cash from a donut chain near the Bait-ul-Mukarram Mosque in Karachi.
KARACHI: Crime, particularly robbery, has started to escalate here in the city just days before the holy month of Ramadan begins, with muggers running away on Sunday with valuables from more than two dozen lockers at private banks and attackers looting local restaurants while well, in two separate incidents.
Four armed robbers managed to escape with Rs200,000 in cash from an international donut chain outlet near the famous Bait-ul-Mukarram Mosque in Karachi in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area.
In another incident, robbers cleaned at least 31 private bank lockers near Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi.
After hearing the news of the looting, the locker owner rushed to the bank and criticized the authorities’ alleged negligence.
During the robbery, the security alarm went off and the robbers also came face to face with the guards, Geo News quoted retired Captain Haider Raza – the senior police superintendent (SSP) for the Karachi Special Investigation Unit (SIU) – as saying.
The policeman explained how the guard at the private bank had gone to dinner not long before the robbery. However, the robbers – who seemed to have been waiting for him – entered the bank together when he returned.
The suspects broke into 34 of 260 bank lockers but fled with valuables from 31 lockers because the other three were empty, police said, adding that details of the lockers and their contents had been gathered and a search for the suspect had also begun.
The second incident
The bank robbery mentioned above is the second incident this year after armed robbers last month looted more than Rs1 million from a bank in the New Karachi neighborhood.
According to the incident surveillance video obtained Geo News, armed robbers had opened fire as they fled from a private bank. The footage shows two men running towards their motorbikes, with one carrying a Kalashnikov rifle and the other carrying a pistol.
Authorities said at the time of the meeting it took place between muggers and police but the suspects managed to escape, with the man carrying a pistol firing two shots into the air, presumably to frighten the audience.
The four robbers injured two bank security guards by beating them with rifle butts. Police said the attackers managed to bring in Rs1,035,000.