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ANP worker among five shot dead in Karachi

03 December, 2013

KARACHI: Five people, a doctor and a political worker among them, were shot dead in separate incidents of target killing in different parts of the metropolis on Monday.

In the first incident, a homeopathic doctor and a patient were killed in a firing incident at a private clinic located in Block-14, Federal B Area within the vicinity of Jauharabad Police Station. Police said that unidentified armed men barged into the private clinic and fired indiscriminately, killing a doctor and a patient on the spot. The deceased medic was identified as Dr Tahir Usman and his patient as Ahmed Shah Zaman. Both the victims' bodies were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. According to SSP Central Amir Farooqi the assailants' target was the patient, but further investigation is underway.

Separately, a local leader of the Awani National Party (ANP) was shot dead and three others were wounded in Janjal Goth within the jurisdiction of Gulshan-e-Maymar Police Station. Police said that unidentified armed riders sprayed bullets on the car the victims were travelling in, before fleeing. Three people were wounded in the firing and rushed to ASH hospital, where one of them succumbed to his injuries during medical treatment, while the others were admitted.

The deceased was identified as Din Mohammad Wazir and the injured as Yousuf Birki, Tariq Mehsud and Ismail Mehsud. ANP's leader Senator Shahi Syed condemned the killing of his party's worker and demanded the law enforcers arrest the perpetrators. A man was shot dead in MPR Colony within the limits of Orangi Town Police Station. Police said that the victim, 28-year-old Abdullah, was standing near his residence when armed bikers came there and fired on him. He sustained multiple bullets injuries and died on the way to hospital. Police suspect that the motive behind his killing was extortion, while further investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, a woman was shot dead at her home within the precincts of Saeedabad Police Station. Police said that victim, Darwaisha Bibi, was shot dead at her home over a personal dispute with her brother-in-law, who was later arrested by police. Also, two security guards of a private TV channel were wounded in a low-intensity explosion near Qayyumabad on Monday evening. As per details, unidentified assailants hurled two crackers and opened fired outside the TV channel's office. As a result two security guards were wounded. The explosion also damaged vehicles and motorbikes parked outside the office. The injured security guards were shifted to hospital for medical treatment.

Following the explosion a contingent of law enforcers, including Rangers and police, arrived at the site and cordoned off the entire locality to prevent any untoward incident. MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and other political and religious leaders condemned the attack on the TV channel. On Sunday, law enforcers had claimed they have apprehended around 21 suspects during separate targeted raids and operation across the city.

Sindh Rangers nabbed eight hardened criminals and also recovered hand grenades and weapons from the possession of suspects. According to Rangers spokesperson, the raids were conducted in Iqra City, Zeenat Square, Paracha Graveyard, Muhammadpur, Agra Taj Colony, Pak Colony, Lines Area and Maripur Road areas.

Separately, Clifton division police claimed to have arrested an alleged street criminal during in an encounter near Do-Talwar. The accused was identified as Rafiullah. According to Clifton division police, the arrest was made after a police patrol chanced upon the alleged robber and his accomplice, who were looting valuables from the passersby. Shots were exchanged, and as a result, the wounded robber was arrested, while the other escaped.

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