1 more killed as Hyderabad reels from terror attacks
HYDERABAD: Another member of the Dawoodi Bohra community was killed and three persons — two of them activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and the other a minor girl — received bullet injuries on Tuesday night in the wave of terrorist attacks and targeted killings that hit the city on Saturday, when two members of the community were gunned down in the Saddar Bazaar area. A lone assailant entered Tahir Traders, a hardware shop on Risala Road, and fired upon Mustafa Jamali at pointblank range. The victim received several bullets in the skull.
Another person, Ali Asghar, who runs the adjacent shop, Hyderi Traders, rushed to the scene and was also attacked. Asghar fell outside shop and was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. The body was handed over to his heirs. Indiscriminate firing by the assailant outside the shops caused bullet injuries to Muhsin, son of Bashir Arain, and smashed windscreen of a car (ACL 328) belonging to Hussaini Jamali of Hussaini Traders.
“The attacker didn’t speak a word,” said Jamali’s brother, Murtaza, outside the ICU of the hospital. Jamali was put on ventilator and shifted to Karachi at about 10.30pm. “His gun was apparently fitted with a silencer,” he added.
Another witness said that the attacker returned to a waiting motorbike driven by his accomplice and both of them rode away. The attack led to an abrupt closure of bazaars and markets at Tilak Incline, Risala Road, Station Road, Gari Khata, Khokhar Mohallah and other areas.
The district administration has imposed a ban on pillion riding for three days to control the situation.
On Saturday, two members of the community were gunned down in Saddar Bazaar and Murtaza’s brother, Hatim, was wounded in what was described as ‘targeted killings’. Hatim is currently admitted in a hospital in Karachi. No FIR of the attack has so far been registered.
The same night, a former talukanazim city, Jalilur Rehman Siddiqui, belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was gunned down in same fashion in the Phulelli police station area. The victim’s brother lodged an FIR of the killing.
Terrorists struck again on Sunday night to target the Ghausia Foundation office, where they gunned down three persons and wounded another three. An FIR of the incident is yet to be registered.
Police claimed to have picked up the prime accused in the Saturday killing of two Bohra community members. They identified him as Sualaheen Qureshi, who was booked in house robbery case some time back.
In the talukanazim’s killing case, an activist of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ), Imran alias Commando, was picked up and said they were trying to track down another suspect, Mohammad Fiasal.