Four friends shot dead in Landhi
KARACHI: Four close friends, including a police officer, were shot dead within the jurisdiction of Landhi Police Station. Bodies of the victims have been buried at the Quaidabad graveyard. “It was an act of terrorism,” the police claims.
Nadeem, one of the victims, was the father of one child. He was a police constable at the office of the Deputy Inspector General of the Special Branch. Besides that, he was also a taxi driver. The others worked at a spare-parts shop in the area. A combined funeral for the deceased was offered after Namaz-e-Zuhr in Landhi.
“It was a conspiracy aimed at creating panic amongst the masses, especially in the month of Muharram. They all were closed friends and were in no way related to any political or religious party,” said the police. This could not have been an attack on any particular sect as they all belonged to separate sects, the police outlined. Besides this they had a good reputation in the area, they further added.
The case is being investigated, said SP Landhi, Azad Khan.
The incident took place early morning Friday. At that time Abdul Nadeem 30, Mohammad Asif 28, Mohammad Sohail 26 and Amjad Khan 27 were sitting in a taxi, (PL-3073) at street No 5, sector 37/D, Khurramabad. Four assailants on motorcycle opened fire on them.
Soon after, people informed the police about the incident. They were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) in ambulances and private vehicles. Three of them were declared dead on arrival. Amjad, who at that time was injured, died during surgery.
The FIR No 12/08 has been lodged against unidentified men on behalf of Nadeem’s brother Abdul Mobin, who is a police officer.
Mobin giving his statement in the FIR says, “When I heard the gun shots, I rushed outside the house but could not find any one at first. Soon after, I heard Amjad shouting in pain… We do not have disputes with anyone.”
Talking to Daily Times, investigation officer M. Hassan Baloch said that there were no witnesses but residents did hear two 125cc motorcycles. “We found bullet shells,” Baloch said. “It could be a domestic dispute but their families are not in a condition to give any statement at the moment.”
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