23 more killed in Karachi
KARACHI: Targeted violence in the city continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, claiming another 23 lives, including activists of the Awami National Party (ANP). The killings took the total death toll for the two days to 33. Another 12 people were reportedly injured in the acts of violence. Meanwhile, tension in the Peerabad and Orangi Town areas still persists.
On Wednesday morning, five bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from a mini-bus in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Police said it received information that a mini-bus van of route D-7 was parked in Zia-ul-Haq Colony, Gulshan, Block-1, with blood dripping from the bus.
On receipt of information, police teams rushed towards the location, broke open the doors of the bus and found five brutally tortured bodies. Two bodies lay at the front gate, one in the middle and two others on the back seats of the bus. They called rescue teams to shift the bodies to hospital.
Meanwhile, Abdul Mannan, the owner of the bus, approached the police. Mannan told the police that the bus, with its driver and conductor, had gone missing on Tuesday night from the Quaidabad area. He later identified four of those killed as driver Mohammed Wali, conductor Ghulam Jan, his brother Ahmed Jan and another person Orangzeb while the fifth person was a passenger. Manan added that the bus, which plies in Quaidabad and other industrial areas of Karachi, was missing from the Quaidabad area and Gulshan was not included in its route.
All the killed were relatives and hailed from Bajaur Agency. Their bodies were later sent to their hometown by the owner. While legal formalities for the four identified victims were being completed, family members of the fifth person also came to hospital and identified him as Riaz Baloch, a resident of Liaquatabad Baloch Hotel area. The deceased, who was a passenger of the bus, worked as a watchman at a market.
Investigators termed the incident as a case of target killing, adding that they had found some leads in the case and would soon arrest the attackers. Late Wednesday night, a 32-year-old man Abdul Salam was shot dead near Dhaka Sweets, in limits of the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station .
Another incident was reported from Taiser Town, Surjani Town police limits, where unknown motorcycle riders resorted to firing, injuring five people. The injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment where one of them, identified as 25-year-old Abbas, succumbed to his injuries.
Separate cases have been registered and further investigation is underway. In a late night incident, a firing incident was reported in which three ANP activists were killed in Garden area near the zoo. The deceased were identified as Sherzaib Khan, 40, Noor Ali, 38, and Sakhi Jan Muhammad, 41.
Another firing incident was reported from Block 17, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, in which a car was targetted, killing three people, including a woman named Shaheen Qaimkhani. The two men who died with her were identified as Tauqeer and Ahad. All were reportedly activists of a political group. After this incident, continuous firing was reported from Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Bhittiabad and Met office, where a police van was also targetted.
Earlier, Baldia Town, police found a tortured and bullet–riddled body of a man from the Rasheedabad ground. The deceased was later identified as Nasir, 40, a resident of Rasheedabad area. They added that the deceased was abducted by unknown criminals who, after torturing him, shot and killed him. The deceased, Nasir, was also the vice-president of the Site Town Ward of ANP.
ANPís vice-president of North Nazimabad, Asghar Khan, was targeted near the Qalandaria Chowk, North Nazimabad. Police said that the deceased was a resident of DíSilva Town, North Nazimabad. When he reached the Qalandaria Chowk, terrorists opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. Afterwards tension developed in the area as armed men resorted to aerial firing and protested the death of their leader. A case was reported and investigation is underway.
Another activist of ANP was targeted in Site Town area. Police said that the deceased was identified as Sharafat Khan, who was targeted in Islamia Colony. They added that the deceased was an activist of the ANP, UC-9, SITE Town Ward.
In Napier Police limits, Naresh Kumar, 45, was shot dead by armed men. Police said that deceased Kumar was passing through a street near the Tonga Stand when unidentified armed men, after spotting the deceased, killed him.
The deceased received three bullet wounds on various parts of his body. He was a resident of Jodia Bazaar, Saddar, and a labourer by profession.
In Steel Town, an unidentified, tortured and bullet-riddled body of a man was found. Police said that the body was found from bushes in Gulshan-i-Hadeed, Phase-II, Steel Town. The deceased is still unidentified and criminals, after brutally torturing him, fired two bullets at him and threw his body in the area.
In Shah Latif Town, the tortured body of a man was found from a spot near the Dawood Chowrangi, Quaidabad. Police said it seems he was killed upon some enmity.
In Peerabad, one person was killed and four people injured in a random firing incident. Police said that the incident happened in Qasba Colony, Peerabad, when unidentified men opened fire, injuring Rustam, Zakra Bibi, Jehangir and Imran. They were taken to hospital where Rustam succumbed to his injuries.
In Site-B police limits, Sheikh Salman was targeted. Police said that the incident happened near the Hina Bakery, Rasheedabad. Two more passerby were also injured in the incident. They added that the deceased, Sheikh Salman, was a resident of Labour Square and was a government employee.
Meanwhile, in Peerabad, three people were injured while a woman was killed. The police said that the deceased woman was unidentified and the incident happened near the Qasba Mor. Meanwhile, in Khada Market, a clash between two groups of Baghdadi, Lyari, occurred on Wednesday morning. During the crossfiring, a passerby, identified as Shaban, 28, got injured. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said that the deceased was a labourer by profession and was going for work when he became a target during the fighting between the two groups. They added that the deceased was a resident of Nayabad, Lyari, and hailed from Khanewal, Punjab.