The Hizbul Ahrar militant group claimed responsibility for a gun attack which killed one police officer and wounded three others in Sector 11-D of Karachi on Monday, October 8. Similar attacks on security forces are possible in Karachi in the near-term.
In general, the security situation in Karachi has improved substantially after a significant operation was launched in 2014 against militant and criminal groups. Despite such advances, Karachi remains one of the most crime-prone cities in South Asia. Several Western governments warn individuals traveling to Karachi of endemic security risks, including violent ethnic conflicts, criminal and political violence, and frequent incidents of armed carjacking, robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Strikes called by religious and political parties are also common.
Individuals in Karachi are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for potential criminal and militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
Due to the high threat of terrorism and other forms of violent crime, individuals are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the relevant authorities (their diplomatic mission or security manager). As a reminder, all Western embassies in Pakistan advise their citizens against nonessential travel to the country. Travel to Karachi (or elsewhere in Pakistan) should only be considered with proper security protocols in place.
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