Islamabad: 2 ‘outsiders’ wounded in I-8 gang war
Islamabad: Two individuals, including a young boy and a security guard, were wounded when two gangs, with their roots deeply entrenched in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resorted to heavy firing with automatic weapons near Markaz I-8 here on Friday.
The two groups gave vent to their rivalry simmering for quite some time when one, allegedly led by Amanullah Khan, came to the Pakeeza Market near Markaz I-8 and opened indiscriminate firing on the other group.
According to eyewitnesses, at least one member of the attackers fired with an AK-47 (Kalashnikov), while others fired with automatic pistols. The shooting, which started at around 3:30 p.m., continued for a few minutes and ended only when the attackers exhausted all their ammunition and left the scene.
But to utter shock and horror of bystanders, the group returned soon after, evidently after getting fresh ammunition for their weapons, and started firing once again at the other group, whose members remained hunched behind cover and returned the fire. While there were no reports of any member of the two groups being killed or even wounded, a young boy, who was having snacks along with his friends, received a bullet, which entered into his back and pierced through his abdomen. He was immediately rushed to the closest private hospital in Sector H-8 where his condition is stated to be out of danger. A security guard was also wounded in the shootout.
While this brazen act of terror by young gangsters horrified the residents of the sector, even more concern was shown towards the apathy of the Islamabad Police, which instead of rushing to the scene of the crime, preferred to stay back till the time the whole mess was over. The personnel of I-9 Police Station, which is less than one kilometre from the crime scene, came out of their ‘abode’ only when all had gone quiet and gangsters had escaped from the scene.
There were police mobile equipped with the latest communication technology and the officials carrying all necessary arms and ammunition to react in time to any such situation lied low instead of intervening and trying to enforce the writ of the law.
The rivalry between the two groups of gangsters is not a secret and intelligence agencies, concerned police officials and other monitoring agencies were well aware of the feud which was building up for quite some time and eventually took the nasty turn on Friday afternoon.
The two groups, both belonging to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, had been involved in money extortion, land-grabbing, drugs and arms & ammunition smuggling, kidnapping for ransom and other heinous crimes in and around the federal capital. Today’s incident clearly reflected how these gangs have divided their areas and evidently it was the result of one of them infringing upon other’s territory. Sources in police as well as in intelligence agencies conceded that police have let these gangs build up their strength and spread their network without any challenge.
“Today’s incident is a clear evidence that many more such incidents are to come if immediate preventive and punitive actions are not taken against them and their networks are not eliminated from the federal capital,” they apprehended.
When contacted, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bani-Amin Khan told ‘The News’ that a case under Section 7 of the Anti Terror Act (ATA) has been registered and police teams have been dispatched to arrest the culprits, some of whom have been identified.
SP (Sadar) Sajid Kiani, when contacted by this scribe, said that the gangsters have been identified and teams have been sent to hunt them down.