Karachi: Policeman among 12 shot dead
KARACHI: At least 12 more people, including a policeman, were killed in separate gun attacks in parts of the city on Wednesday. Two policemen were targeted by unknown suspects within the remit of the Pak Colony police station, SSP (west) Amir Farooqui said. He said that constables Sohail and Shafqat were passing through a locality of Pak Colony when unknown assailants attacked them with firearms in front of the Bismillah Hotel. They were rushed to the Civil Hospital where constable Sohail succumbed to his wounds and Shafqat was provided treatment, he said, adding that the victims were posted at the Pak Colony police station but were in civvies when attacked.
The police said they believed it was not an incident of random shooting. “It seems that the assailants were following them and they shot the policemen at a place of their choice,” a police officer said.
The profiles of the both the victims were being checked to ascertain a possible motive behind the attack, the police said. Sohail was stated to have taken an active part in the 1992 Karachi operation.
Two shops attacked
A man was killed and three others were wounded when armed men riding a motorcycle fired at two shops in a market in Orangi Town within the remit of the Mominabad police station.
SHO Nasir Mehmood said that two suspects riding a motorcycle came to the market and fired shots at two shops with an AK-47 rifle.
Kashif, an employee of one of the shops, sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot while two other persons, working in the neighbouring shop, also sustained injuries and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The SHO said that the attack seemed to be of ethnic nature.
“The shop in which Kashif was shot dead belongs to a Muttahida Qaumi Movement activist while the one in which the other two persons were injured is owned by a Pakistan People’s Party man,” he said.
Tension gripped the entire locality following the firing as the main market and all shops in the adjoining areas were closed.
Meanwhile, the body of a young man was found in the Khokhrapar area on Wednesday morning, police said. A duty officer at the Khokhrapar police station said they received the information about the presence of a body at a place in Khokhrapar No.3 at around 5am.
The body was sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where the victim was identified as Mohammad Arsalan, 22.
The police said the victim was shot to the head and he died instantly.
Arsalan worked in a shop in the Murad Memon Goth area and was a resident of the same area, they said.
The police further stated that the victim had been kidnapped late on Tuesday night and the kidnappers seemed to have dumped his body at the crime scene. They were, however, unsure of a motive for his murder.
An FIR (97/2012) under Section 302 was registered against unknown persons at the Khokhrapar police station on a complaint of the victim’s uncle, Iftikhar Ahmed.
A late night report said that another young man was shot dead by armed men riding a motorcycle in the B-I Area, near Qadri Masjid, Khokhrapar.
The police said that according to the initial information, 22–year–old man identified as Qadir, 22, was wounded in the attack and rushed to the JPMC, where he was pronounced dead.
A young man was shot dead by unknown suspects in a Nazimabad area on Wednesday.
Police said the victim, Yawar Mehdi, 45, was apparently targeted in Gol Market, located in Nazimabad No 3, where he was standing at a catering shop. Two armed men riding a motorcycle came and fired on him, Liaquatabad division SP Noman Siddiqui said, adding that the victim suffered five gunshot wounds.
“Later, some applications addressed to the Karachi Building Control Authority, and also supported by some photographs, citing illegal construction in the Nazimabad area were found
in possession of the victim,” the SP said.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where some political activists claimed that the victim was their party colleague.
Two killed in Liaquatabad
A young man was murdered by unknown persons in the Liaquatabad area on Wednesday.
Police said that he was shot dead near the Sindh Government Hospital, Liaquatabad, within the remit of the Sharifabad police station.
Identified as Akbar Ali, 30, the man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the police said.
The killing was related to some personal affair of the deceased, the police said quoting the victim’s father, who did not lodge an FIR saying that he would approach the police for the purpose after the burial.
The deceased was a Customs employee, the police said.
Another young man was shot dead in the Super Market police station area of Liaquatabad by unknown suspects.
Police said that Inyat Baloch, 25, was shot near Illyas Goth by assailants riding a motorcycle.
The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Initial information suggested that his murder was related to the ongoing gang warfare, the police said.
In Surjani Town, a young man was killed by unknown attackers, police said.
A duty officer at the Surjani Town police station said that 30–year–old Ehteshamul Haq was shot dead in Sector 4-D by armed men riding a motorcycle while he was sitting near his house.
The victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police said that the victim had suffered a single gunshot wound in the abdomen.
A motive behind the killing could not be ascertained immediately, they added.
Young man gunned down
A young man was gunned down by unknown persons in New Karachi on Wednesday morning, police said.
They said the attack took place near Nallah Stop where Tahir Jabbar, 30, was busy inflating the tyre of his motorcycle. Two men riding a motorcycle came and shot at him, Gulberg division SP Tanveer Odho said, adding that the assailants had had a conversation with the victim before they killed him and drove away.
The victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died during treatment.
The police said the victim was a former activist of a religious party.
Two bodies found
Two bodies bearing torture marks and gunshot wounds were found at different places on Wednesday morning.
One of the bodies was found within the remit of the Risala police station and the other within the limit of the Manghopir police station.
They were first taken to the Civil Hospital by the police and later shifted to the Edhi morgue for identification.
‘Mentally abnormal’ man murdered
A young man, Fazalur Rehman, stated to be mentally abnormal, was shot dead by unknown persons in Baldia Town on Wednesday night.
Police said that two suspects riding a motorcycle shot the victim outside his house in Niazi Mohallah and fled the scene.
Saeedabad SHO Chaudhry Irshad said: “The attackers may have mistaken him as their target as the victim was a mentally abnormal fellow.”