Karachi: 8 shot dead as s return to haunt city
KARACHI: After a lull of several days, target killings returned to the city on Thursday when two Awami National Party leaders, two activists of the Muttahida Quami Movement and four others were killed in separate incidents.
In the wake of the murders, clashes took place between two communities in Metroville II and Orangi Town, injuring 10 passersby. Five men barged into the house of Saeed Ahmed, 30, vice-president of ANP’s Metroville ward, and shot him dead.
The guards of the deceased, after hearing the fire shots, rushed to the spot and opened fire on the assailants, killing one of them while four others managed to flee from the scene.
Activists and leaders of the ANP lodged a protest over the death of their party man and accused their rivals of being involved in the murder.
Some people resorted to aerial firing in Metroville and Bara Board areas and forced traders to shut their businesses. Two motorcycles were also torched.
The protest later turned into a clash between two communities in which four passersby received bullet wounds.
The injured were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where their conditions were stated to be out of danger. Contingents of police and Rangers managed to bring the situation in the area under control.
This was the second ANP leader killed in a week. Another ANP leader, Furqan Khan, 42, had been killed in Pak Colony on Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, two activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement were shot to death in Orangi Town on Thursday.
A clash took place between two communities in the area, resulting in the injury to six passersby. Unidentified people riding a motorcycle opened fire on Habib, 25, and his friend, Maqsood, also 25, outside their houses in Orangi Town.
They were taken to Qatar Hospital in a critical condition where they died. According to the police, the deceased were activists of the MQM.
Some people resorted to aerial firing in the area and forced shop owners to shut their businesses. The protest later turned into a clash between two communities in which six passersby received bullet wounds.
In a late-night incident, Imran Khan, an activist of the ANP, was gunned down in the Landhi area. Meanwhile, four other people were targeted in the city.
Usman, 15, son of Astana Gul, suffered bullet wounds when unidentified people opened fire on him near his residence in Welfare Colony near Old Subzi Mandi in the PIB Colony police limits while he was going to work.
His family members took him to a private hospital where he died during treatment. Later his body was shifted to the JPMC for legal formalities.
Police said that he was killed in a targeted incident.
In the same police jurisdiction Saeed Khan, 40, was shot dead when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him near Essa Nagri while he was going to his shop.
His body was shifted to the JPMC for postmortem. Police said that Khan’s brother lodged an FIR against unknown people and he claimed that his brother was killed in a targeted attempt.
An unidentified 30-year-old man was gunned down when an unidentified motorcyclist opened fire on him near Malir Jumma Goth in the Shah Lateef Town police area while he was returning home.
Police claimed that it was a targeted incident.
Muhammad Saeed Khan, 35, suffered bullet wounds when an unidentified motorcyclist opened fire just outside his residence near the Azizabad police limits while he was parking his motorcycle.
His family members took him to a nearby hospital where he died during treatment.
Later, his family members took his body home without legal formalities.
Two decomposed bodies recovered: Two decomposed bullet-riddled bodies were recovered on Thursday.
A body of an unidentified man was found in the bushes in the Manghopir police limits. Some passers-by saw the body and informed the police who shifted it to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) for legal formalities.
The MLO said that the body was at least two days old.
Another decomposed body of an unidentified man was found in a Nullah near Rehri Goth in the Ibrahim Hyderi police jurisdiction. The MLO JPMC said that the body was at least four days old.