Karachi: Rangers official among 9 shot dead
KARACHI: Nine people, including a Sub Inspector (SI) of the Pakistan Rangers, were killed on Thursday in separate incidents, bringing the death toll for the month of May to 91. SI Abdul Hameed Chachar, 35, was sprayed with bullets by unidentified motorcyclists near Korangi No–2-1/2 while he was out on personal business. People from the vicinity rushed to the spot upon hearing the firing, where they saw Chachar laying in critical condition. He was rushed to the Sindh Government Hospital Korangi, where he later expired. Chachar’s body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for a postmortem.
Police officials found four empty shells of a 9mm pistol from the crime scene and have termed the attack a targeted killing.
Chachar was posted in the 32 Wings and was a resident of Sector 50/A.
In another targeted incident, an unidentified man was killed and 25–year–old Shahbaz was injured when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at them near the Private Eye Hospital in the Sattar Compound.
Police were called in to the scene by passers-by, who then took the injured to the Civil Hospital Karachi in critical condition. Upon arrival at the CHK, the unidentified man was pronounced dead.
The MLO Civil Hospital said that the deceased suffered two bullets wounds to his body.
The Station House Officer (SHO) Imdad Khawaja told The News that the attack was a targeted incident, and that body of the unidentified deceased was still awaiting identification at the Edhi morgue. He added that police recovered six empty shells of 9mm bullets from the crime scene.
Meanwhile, in the Usmanabad area of the city, 22–year–old Waqas Jamili was gunned down by motorcyclists while sitting outside his house with friends.
Immediately after the incident, Waqas’ family members came out of their residence and took him to the Civil Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The MLO at CHK said that Waqas had been hit by four bullets at close range.
Before gunning him down, the assailants asked Waqas his name. When he revealed his identity, they opened fire and fled from the scene, police officials said.
Police added that they recovered empty casings of 30–bore bullets from the scene of the crime and that the attack appeared to be yet another case of targeted killing as the family claimed they had no animosity towards anyone.
Also, the bullet–riddled body of an unidentified man was found near the Dua Hotel on Maripur Road. A passer-by spotted the body and called the police, who then shifted the body to CHK for postmortem.
The MLO Civil Hospital said that deceased, whose hands were tied together with rope, had been brutally tortured and then shot twice in the skull. The man appears to be of Baloch descent, police officials said.
A second unidentified and bullet–riddled body was found in the Chakiwara police jurisdiction by people in the vicinity.
Police appeared at the scene and took the body to CHK for postmortem, where the MLO said that the deceased had been shot five times.
Yet another unidentified body was recovered from the Lyari River in Pak Colony police limits. The body was spotted by a passer-by, who informed the police.
When the police retrieved the body, they found the hands and legs tied together with a rope. The body was shifted to the CHK, where the MLO on duty revealed that the body was at least four days old and that the victim had suffered two bullet wounds.
According to the police, the deceased had been killed in another area and the body had floated into their police jurisdiction.
Late on Thursday night, three people were killed and one other was injured when gunmen opened fire on a car near Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad No 7. The dead and the injured were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The identities of the victims were not immediately known.