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2 cops among 10 killed in Karachi

16 January, 2014

KARACHI: Amid a continuing showdown between terrorists and law enforcers, another 10 people lost their lives including two policemen in an ongoing spasm of violence in the city on Wednesday.

The law enforcement personnel also killed two alleged gangsters during an encounter in Lyari locality.

In the first incident, two policemen were gunned down in a firing incident near police post situated at Gulberg area within the limits of Yousuf Plaza police station.

Police said the incident took place when unidentified armed riders arrived at the police post and opened fire on the cops. Both the victims sustained bullets wounds and were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead. They were identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Wali Mohammad, and Constable Allah Ditta.

Separately, a traffic police warden was gunned down near Matric Board office within the jurisdiction of North Nazimabad police station.

Police said that unidentified armed men riding on two motorbikes waylaid their target, Mehmood Raza, son of Manaan halaak and shot him dead. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and later handed over to his heirs. The motive behind the incident is yet to be ascertained while further investigation was underway, police said.

In another incident, Lyari remain tensed as an armed clash occurred between rival groups of gangsters of the area. Two gangsters were killed in a joint encounter of police and rangers in the same locality.

Police sources said that the clash started at Jhat Phat Market, Lyari between the members of Baba Ladla Group and defunct People Amn Committee (PAC) over the dispute of extortion money collection from vendors of the locality.

During the clash, both the groups used hand grenades, crackers, rockets and various weapons, and as a result tension prevailed in the area and adjacent localities of Lyari.

A gangster belonging to PAC, named Zubair Hameed sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot, while at least six people including a volunteer Junaid, Muneez, Hunain, Naseer, Haji Ali and Ameen also sustained wounds in the clash, they were shifted to Civil Hospital, Karachi for treatment.

In reaction, police and Rangers conducted a targeted operation against criminals involved in the clash, where gangsters group resorted to fire on the law enforcers' vans near Khada Market area. In retaliation by the LEAs, two gangsters were killed in the alleged joint encounter while three were apprehended in the operation. Police shifted the bodies to the CHK where the gangsters were identified as Danish and Zohaib aka Chichu affiliated with Waihullah Lakho Group.

Meanwhile, police conducted another raid at the CHK and arrested injured gangsters and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

Meanwhile, decomposed bodies of a young boy and a girl were found from a water tank of empty plot Sector 16-A, Orangi Town within the vicinity of Pakistan Bazaar police station.

When informed, police rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. They said the bodies were at least 20 days old and suspected the victims might have been killed in the name of "honour". Further investigation was underway.

Similarly, a bullet-riddled body of a man was found from garbage dump in Gulistan Society, Lyari within the limits of Chakiwara police station.

Police said they shifted the body to the CHK for autopsy and later moved it to morgue for identification. Police believed that victim was affiliated with any of the gangster groups and a rival gang abducted the victim and killed him.

In another incident, a mentally disabled boy slaughtered his mother in their house located in Bheem Pora area within the precincts of Nippier police station.

Police said the accused, Obaid, slaughtered his mother over a domestic issue. The woman was identified as 55-year-old Rukhsana Bibi, wife of Iqbal. Police said they had arrested the accused, adding he was mentally sick. They, however, added that the victim's family did not show any medical certificate to prove murderer's mental disability. Further investigation is underway, said the police official.


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