Karachi: Three killed in Lyari gang warfare
KARACHI: Three more people were killed on Wednesday in parts of mafia-infested Lyari, where tension and panic prevailed since Tuesday following clashes between rival gangsters.
Police confirmed the killing of two people, while the Edhi sources said they had also shifted a third body of a young man to the Civil Hospital.
Hospital sources said two young men were brought dead from parts of Lyari. They said that the victims, one of them identified as Namroz Khan Afshani, had received multiple bullet wounds. The other victim remained unknown, the sources said.
They said the body of a young man was brought to the hospital, but those who brought it took it away without a postmortem.
The sources said at least four people with gunshot wounds were also brought to the hospital. They were identified as Abdur Razzak, Iftikhar, Azeem and Farhan.
Residents said the entire area wore a deserted look with shops closed and traffic off the streets as parts of Kalakot, Chakiwara, Baghdadi and Kalri reverberated with heavy gunfire till late into Tuesday night following scattered clashes between rival groups and an attack on Imambargah Altaf Hussain that left at least one man dead and nine others injured.
Baghdadi police said the victim was one of the caretakers of Imambargah Altaf Hussain in Nayabad who was killed when a group of armed men opened fire on the building.
The body of 40-year-old Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi was taken to the Civil Hospital late on Tuesday night where Medico-legal Officer Dr Mehboob Ali told Dawn that the victim had received a bullet that pierced his heart.
Police registered a case against Viryaam, Sajid, Baba Tankywala, Kamran, Ayaz, Shahzad and Bala on the complaint of the victim’s brother.
Baghdadi SHO Haji Sanaullah said the victim belonged to the Pakistan People’s Party. “Trouble started after a man belonging to another political party desecrated the wall of the Imambargah,” he added.
He said at least four people sustained bullet wounds as the two groups exchanged gunfire at the Imambargah.
Baghdadi police arrested on Wednesday a suspect in the killing of a man in an attack on the Imambargah in Lyari which remained in the grip of tension and panic till late Tuesday night.
They said the Baghdadi SHO arrested one of the suspects, Viryaam, as he boarded a Hub-bound bus to escape.
The police said efforts were being made to track down the other suspects, some of whom belonged to a political party and the others, sons of policemen, living in the police quarters in Lyari.
They said Viryam’s father, Altaf Hussain, was also a policeman.
The attack on the Imambargah caused tension in certain localities across the city, and police stepped up security.
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