4 MQM activists among 10 dead in Karachi killing spree
KARACHI: The unabated wave of target killings continued in the provincial capital, as 10 more people were killed while six others were injured on Monday. Police officials claimed four MQM workers were among the dead while all the six injured also belonged to the MQM. The most-affected areas included Pan Mandi, Kharadar, Kamil Gali, Kaghazi Bazaar, Risala, Garden, Dhobi Ghat, Chippa Gali, Soldier Bazaar and Chakiwara, where five people, including the four MQM workers, were killed and five other party workers were wounded.
Armed men on motorcycles continued to target people in the Old City and its adjoining areas, for which police blamed Lyari gangsters or People’s Amn Committee. Emergency was declared at all government hospitals. Armed men on at least a dozen motorcycles killed an MQM worker, and wounded three others, in Pan Mandi area. Shortly, the same armed men shot and injured two more MQM workers. Later, the same men killed a rickshaw driver and injured a passenger inside near Azeem Plaza in Dhobi Ghat area. The victims were associated with the MQM unit–32. A 32–year–old man was killed while his companion – both MQM workers – was wounded when the same culprits targeted them in Kaghazi Bazaar in Kharadar. The culprits targeted and killed a man at his shop in Bihar Colony. This victim was also a member of the MQM.
Later, an unidentified man was killed and another wounded in a firing incident on Nishtar Road. DSP Qaiser Ali Shah said both victims were on a motorcycle when unidentified men targeted them. Condition of the injured was stated to be critical.
The violence claimed four more lives in different parts of the city, including Orangi Town, Defence, Ferozabad, Sacchal and Sohrab Goth. A man was gunned down near his house in Islamia Colony when he was sitting outside a mosque. Police officials said the deceased hailed from Kurram Agency.
Another man was killed when at least two armed men on a motorcycle shot him in the head. Police said the deceased was a watchman. Another watchman in Memon Nagar Society was gunned down. Police said an unidentified man shot and killed the victim when he tried to stop him while trying to enter the society. A driver was killed when armed men attacked his car with gunshots near Jheel Park. Police said initial investigation suggests the incident occurred over offering resistance to a robbery.
An unidentified man’s body was found from a nullah near Super Highway. An MQM worker was wounded in an armed attack near Old Sabzi Mandi.