Karachi: Grenade, gun attacks claim 6 more lives
KARACHI: In yet another violence-hit day in the city, six people were murdered in separate incidents including a grenade attack on Wednesday, while a director of the Karachi Building Control Authority (KBCA) was also shot and injured. A woman was killed and seven others including children and policemen injured in a grenade attack in Gali–7 in Shanti Nagar, Dalmia Society. DIG Shahid Hayat Khan of the East Range said in the afternoon that the Aziz Bhatti SHO was tipped off about the presence of some wanted criminals in Shanti Nagar. The SHO passed on this information to a patrolling police party led by Sub–Inspector Mashooq Ali, who rushed to the area with his team and after some resistance, arrested three men, allegedly affiliated with the criminals of Lyari.
The policemen were headed back for the police station, when some men opened fire on them in a bid to help their arrested associates escape.
The policemen retaliated and during the crossfire, the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the police mobile. The explosion injured Sub–Inspector Mashooq Ali, Police Constable Asghar and passers-by 45–year–old Shakeela Bibi, six–year–old Saniya and seven–year–old Faizan among others.
The attackers managed to free their associates and also captured Police Constable Naveed Ahmed.
Another team from the Aziz Bhatti police station also reached the area and shifted the injured people to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), while the remaining policemen kept the attackers engaged in a gun battle.
Bibi succumbed to her injuries while the others survived with minor injuries.
Bibi was a resident of Mujahid Colony in Dalmia and hailed from the Hazara Division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The DIG said he immediately ordered the police officials of his ranges and divisions to rush to Shanti Nagar to assist the Aziz Bhatti police.
A police team of the East Range rushed to the area and after an encounter, managed to secure the release of the captured police constable and arrested four men, who were wanted by the police for target killings, extortion and other crimes.
The police did not disclose the names of the arrested men and a search operation was under way at the time this story was filed.
Separately, a man was shot dead in Sector–11½ of New Karachi.
Sub–Divisional Police Officer Chaudhry Mohammed Akhtar of the New Karachi Division said the victim, Zohaib Akram, was shifted to the ASH, where he died during treatment.
During investigations, it was found that the deceased was a resident of the area where he was attacked. He was present outside his house, when two men on a motorcycle and wearing helmets opened fire on him.
The victim suffered four bullet wounds on his upper torso. The police found empty bullet shells at the crime scene.
Investigators believed that the murder was a target killing case. The victim was a supporter of the banned Sipah–e–Sahaba Pakistan (SSP). He also ran a small yarn business and hailed from Mirpurkhas.
In a late-night development, a man was gunned down in the Urdu Bazaar area near the Radio Pakistan building.
Preedy SHO Shaukat Raza said the victim, Sudheer Ahmed, was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where he was pronounced dead.
Initial investigations revealed that the deceased had arrived in the Urdu Bazaar area along with his wife to visit his friend.
After leaving his wife at his friend’s house, Ahmed left for some work, when two men on a motorcycle sprayed him with bullets. The deceased suffered multiple bullet wounds. The police found empty 9mm pistol bullet shells at the crime scene.
The SHO said the deceased was a motor mechanic. He was a resident of Baldia Town and hailed from Kashmir. The police officer added that the murder appeared to be motivated by personal enmity, but other angles would also be probed.
KBCA director attacked
The KBCA director in Jamshed Town and his driver were shot and injured in PIB Colony.
PIB Colony SHO Tasawer Ameer said the police went to the crime scene where they were informed that a government vehicle No GL–0011 was attacked in the afternoon and the two people injured in the incident were taken to the Liaquat National Hospital.
The police went to the hospital where they found that the two men were KBCA Jamshed Town Director Safdar Magsi and his driver Zulfiqar Bhutto.
Magsi was on his way home in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after leaving his office at the Civic Centre. He was buying fruit from a roadside stall when two men on a motorcycle arrived there and opened fire on him and his driver. The SHO said the attack on Magsi could be a target killing bid.
Separately, a deputy director of the Dow University was shot and injured near his residence in Rabia Flower Apartments on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road.
Police said Syed Zeeshan Hyder Rizvi was walking along the street in the morning when unidentified men shot him.
Passers-by shifted him to the Aga Khan Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.
They added that Rizvi was struck by a single bullet on his leg and it was too early to establish the motive behind the attack.
Rizvi is a relative of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Haider Abbas Rizvi.
Late on Wednesday night, a 30–year–old man was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle in Baldia Town. Separately, the body of an unidentified man who appeared to be in his mid-20s was found near Bughdadi police lines. The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital. An MLO at the hospital said the victim had suffered three bullet wounds. Police said the man appeared to be a Baloch and may have been targeted due to his ethnicity.
In another incident, the body of an unidentified man, who appeared to be 25 years old, was found in a gunny bag in Ramswami. The victim’s hands and legs were tied. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital, where an MLO said the body bore severe torture marks and three bullet wounds. Police said the victim had been kidnapped.