17 killed in fresh wave of violence in Karachi
KARACHI: Violence once again gripped Karachi on Sunday as incidents of targeted killings claimed 17 lives and left scores of others injured. At least five people lost their life on Sunday in Quaidabad, Baldia town and Gulshan-e-Maymar. The body of an Awami National Party (ANP) activist identified as Liaquat Bangash was found in Rabia City near Karachi’s Gulistan–e–Jauhar area. Bangash was arrested a year back by Crime Investigation Department (CID). He had more than 12 cases registered against him and had been released just a few days ago. A man was killed in Karachi’s Baldia Town area during the wee hours of the day.
Also, three persons lost their lives in Gadap Town late on Saturday night. Police said the three people had been kidnapped earlier and taken to Nagori Society near the superhighway where they were shot to death. The identities of those killed could not be identified until the filing of this report.
Another man was killed in Lyari area within the limits of Docks police station when some unknown armed men opened indiscriminate fire on him. Two people suffered gunshot wounds in Old Haji Camp area. One of the injured succumbed to his wounds while being shifted to a hospital for treatment.
A body was found on Kalri Mirza Adam Khan Road within the limits of Kalri police station. A clash took place in Kemari’s Gulshan–e–Sikanderabad area which resulted in the death of one person.
Police later arrested four suspects accused of being involved in the incident. An unidentified body of a woman was found in Khokhrapar area, while a man was killed in Arambagh area. Another man lost his life in firing in Allah Rakha Park area of Kharadar.
Meanwhile, seven suspects riding motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire in Jamshed Quarters area of the city, killing a six-year-old boy and causing panic and fear in the area.
Police reached the spot and arrested two suspects involved in the incident and recovered illegal firearms from them after a brief chase. An additional force of 500 policemen is been called from interior Sindh under a well-planned strategy to combat the rising crime, especially extortion, targeted killings and kidnapping for ransom in Karachi. The additional force has been deployed at various places in the city, while measures were being taken to strengthen the number of police personnel deployed at posts and pickets, particularly in old city trade centers.