20 more fall prey to target killings in Karachi
KARACHI: As many as 20 people, including Deobandi students of a seminary, were killed in escalating violence in the city on Saturday. The death toll rose less than 24 hours after the provincial government banned pillion riding. At least six students from the Deoband school of thought were killed in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. SHO Rana Haseeb said over a dozen seminary students were sitting in a tea shop when four armed men fired at them, injuring 14 of them, while six of them died at a hospital.
A man from the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was shot dead in North Nazimabad. According to police, Irfan was on his way when two armed bikers shot him and escaped, killing him on the spot.
Moreover, two men, including the owner of a weekly magazine, were gunned down in North Nazimabad. An official said Syed Tariq and Aslam Raja were travelling when two unidentified men intercepted them and opened fire on them. Both received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot.
A man was killed in Shadman when, according to police, armed men on a motorbike shot at him and escaped while he was on his way back home. An unidentified man was shot dead in Malir. Police said unidentified men fired at a passerby as a result of which he died on the spot. An unidentified motorist was killed in Sohrab Goth. His body was moved to JPMC for medico–legal formalities.
A PPP worker was gunned down near his house in Korangi. Two unidentified men fired at Akhtar Hussain, active worker of PS-129, and escaped. He received multiple bullet wounds and died instantly. A man was killed while resisting a robbery attempt in Sector 6, Korangi. An official said two armed robbers entered a shop and attempted to steal the generator. Shopkeepers Mashooq Ali and Talha offered resistance when the robbers opened fire on them. Both received critical wounds and were rushed to JPMC where doctors pronounced Mashooq dead.
Four bullet-riddled bodies were found from Rexer Line. Police said the men belonged to Lyari and had been abducted on Friday after an argument with rival group members.
A son of a slain intelligence officer was gunned down late on Saturday. Omair Abbas was killed and two others injured in the FC area. Police said Omair was sitting outside his house when two armed men on a motorcycle shot him and fled. Also, a head constable was shot dead in Shirin Jinnah Colony.