9 more killed in target killings in Karachi
KARACHI: The ongoing series of target killings claimed at least nine more lives on Wednesday, including that of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) activist, in separate incidents in the provincial metropolis.
An activist of MQM was shot dead in front of his house near Mehfooz Sheermal House in the limits of Garden police station. Muhammad Ali, 25, the victim, was the resident of Waseem Terrace.
He was standing in front of his apartment, when two armed men stalked him and sprayed him with bullets. He died on the spot. The assailants, however, managed to escape from the scene. Scores of MQM workers rushed to the hospital. DSP Sahib Shah said that it was an incident of target killing.
Tension gripped the entire area following the incident. All shops and markets at Ranchore Line, Pan Mandi, Jodia Bazaar and surrounding areas were closed. Unidentified armed men opened fire on a passenger bus in Walika Chowrangi in the limits of SITE police station, claiming one life.
Rashid, 24, the victim, was the resident of Qasba Colony Orangi Town. He was going home on a Safari coach, which was attacked by unidentified armed men. He received a bullet on his head and died on the spot. Saleem Akhter, 26, was killed on Shah Waliullah Road in the remits of Baghdadi police station. Police officials said Akhter arrived in the area to target someone else but himself fell victim to target killing.
A driver of a trawler was killed while at least four others, including a personnel of a secret agency, were injured in a firing incident on Ayesha Manzil in the limits of Gulberg police station. The deceased was identified as Abdul Qadeer, 40, and the injured included Sain Kalado, Lal Hussain and Abdul Hafeez. A watchman was shot dead in Malir Tanki Market in the jurisdiction of Saudabad police station. Ghulam Wali, 45, the victim, was on his duty, when unidentified armed men targeted him.
Separately, a man was gunned down while another was injured in Ayub Goth in the limits of Sohrab Goth police station. Ghulam Haider, 50, the victim, was the resident of Ayub Goth. A young man was gunned down near his house near Memon Mosque Hussainabad in the jurisdiction of Azizabad police station.
Shehzad Memon alias Bhayya, 25, the victim, was sitting near his house in Block 3 Azizabad, when unidentified armed men sprayed him with bullets and escaped. A young man was shot dead near his house in New Karachi sector 5 M. Salman, 28, the victim, was the resident of Sector 5 M New Karachi.