Karachi: 54 policemen killed in 8 months: Constable gunned down in Qasba Colony
KARACHI: In what appeared to be the trend of the ongoing targeted killings of law-enforcers, a police constable was shot dead in Qasba Colony on Saturday, officials said. They said armed riders targeted 27–year–old Shafiq–ur–Rahman in Qasba Colony’s Block E when he was sitting with a friend near his home in the second half of the day. Fifty–four policemen have been killed in the past eight months, according to police data. “The victim was sitting with a friend in a rickshaw parked in the street,” said an official at the Pirabad police station. “Two men on a motorbike wearing masks pulled up close to the rickshaw. One of them got off the motorbike, walked up to the rickshaw and fired multiple shots at the constable before running away with his aide.”
The police constable died on the spot and the body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for medico–legal formalities.
Doctors at the health facility said that the victim sustained three bullet wounds to the head, face and chest.
The victim was enrolled for commando training at the Benazir Bhutto Anti–Terrorism Training Centre, Razzaqabad, and had come home on his weekly day off.
“Investigations are at an early phase but we have reason to believe that he was targeted either for his ethnic background or for professional association,” said the official.
“The victim was unmarried and had been serving the police for the past five years. The police have also found multiple spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol from the scene of crime.”