Karachi: Man downed in attack on crowd
KARACHI: The Dawn News on Wednesday, a man was shot dead and seven others were wounded in an armed attack in a Korangi area in what police described as a reaction to the killing of a young man on Sunday.
The police suspected that the attack was part of a longstanding dispute between two groups of the Bengali community that had claimed nearly a dozen lives this year.
The officials said that the victims belonging to the Bengali community were attacked by four armed men riding two motorbikes in Ali Bakhsh Shah Goth within the remit of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station.
“Several men had gathered at the corner of Streets 17 and 20 in Ali Bakhsh Shah Goth as a matter of routine when they came under attack,” said Sub-Inspector Akhtar Talpur, who has the charge of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station these days.
The armed motorcyclists left some eight people wounded, he said. They were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment, he said, adding that 44-year-old Abu Bakr died from wounds at the hospital.
“The wounded victims were Abdul Maalik, 14, Shah Alam, 19, Qasim, 14, Rasheed, 19, Aziz-ul-Haq, 22, Abul Ahmed, 30 and Abdul Shakoor, 22,” said an official at the medico-legal section of the JPMC.
The police said that the area had been under the grip of fear and tension for almost a year due to frequent armed clashes between rival groups within the Bengali community.
“Only Sunday last, a young man who had gone missing two days earlier was found shot dead in the area,” said an official associated with the investigation section of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station.
“He was associated with one of the groups and people wounded in the fresh shooting were believed to be supporters of the other group,” the official said, adding that the incident most probably was the reaction of Sunday’s killing.