Karachi: Young woman killed in robbery bid
KARACHI: An 18-year-old woman was killed on Thursday by fleeing dacoits, one of whom was also killed in a shootout with police, in Landhi. Elsewhere in the city, three more people were killed in acts of violence, witnesses and police said.
Shah Latif Town police said three bandits barged into the house of Ashiq Ali, a worker at a steel manufacturing unit, in Zafar Town at around 11am when only children and women were present.
The police said the bandits held the inmates hostage at gunpoint and asked them not to raise any alarm.
However, they said, the womenfolk could not hold back their screams and the intruders opened fire when Ashiq’s eldest daughter tried to run out of the house.
The police said the woman was fatally wounded by the bandits who became panicky and ran out of the house after the shooting.
They said head constable Afsar Khan and constable Sabir Ali, who were patrolling the area on their motorcycle, heard gun shots and immediately rushed to the crime scene.
The police said the fleeing dacoits opened fire on the police party to escape under the cover of fire. They said the policemen retaliated and hit one of the fleeing dacoits.
They said that two dacoits however fled the scene amid heavy firing.
Later, the bodies of the suspected dacoit and the victim woman were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where sources said the victim woman had sustained a bullet wound to her head from a close range as the bullet had gone through her skull.
They said the suspected dacoit, who was in his mid 20s, had received three bullets in his upper torso.
The body of the victim woman, Nadia Ali, was later handed over to her family, who took it to their hometown in Punjab.
The police said a national identity card was recovered from the pocket of the killed suspect that identified him as Salim Sarwer, resident of Vehari, Punjab.
However, they said the identity of the suspect was yet to be ascertained as the NIC could be bogus. The police said the body of the suspect was kept at the Edhi morgue for want of final identification. A case against unknown culprits was registered by the Shah Latif police on the complaint of the victim’s father under Sections 302, 396 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
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