KARACHI: Unknown armed attackers killed a police officer in Karachi in order to free two alleged killers he was escorting, officials said Friday.
Four gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a car in which police officers were escorting two men accused of killing a policeman back from a court hearing, said Mushtaq Maher, the city police chief.
He said the attackers killed one officer and critically wounded another while a third officer escaped unhurt. Maher said the two suspects were also allegedly involved in the narcotics business.
Karachi has been the scene of ongoing gang wars and a longtime hotbed for criminal activity. Attacks on police and paramilitary rangers were frequent in the recent years, but have been reduced after a year-long crackdown by the rangers.