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JUI-S leader, media men among 6 killed in Karachi

18 January, 2014

KARACHI: At least six people, including the provincial head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, were shot dead in the continuing targeted attacks in the city on Friday.

An attack on a vehicle of a private TV channel killed three of its employees. A man was injured in the attack that took place near the Matric board office in Nazimabad. Armed men targeted the DSNG vehicle of the news channel, injuring four people who were associated with it. They were rushed to hospital, where three of them died, while the fourth, a cameraman, was admitted with critical wounds.

SSP Central Amir Farooq said that a 9mm pistol and a 32-bore gun was used in the attack. One of the weapons was fired with a suppressor. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. In a phone call to Reuters, regional Taliban spokesman Sajjad Mohmand said, "We will continue to target the media if they do not stop propaganda against Islam and the Taliban," he said. Former Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told the TV station had been attacked because the Taliban considered its coverage biased and the Taliban would continue to attack journalists they disagreed with. "Channels should give coverage to our ideology. Otherwise we will continue attacking the media," the TV station showed him saying.

Separately, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami Secretary General for the Sindh chapter, Mufti Muhammad Usman Yar Khan was gunned down along with his private security guard and a driver in a targeted attack near Awami Markaz at Shara-e-Faisal. The attackers struck when Mufti Muhammad Usman Yar Khan was returning to his residence in Gulistan-e-Jauhar after attending a seminar in Saddar. Armed bikers intercepted his vehicle near Awami Markaz and fired at it indiscriminately. The mufti, his guard and drivers sustained bullets wounds and died on the spot.

JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq condemned the killings and announced three-day countrywide mourning over the incident. "They were returning after attending a seminar about the future of the Karachi operation," said JUI-S senior leader Mufti Hammadullah Madni. He further said, "The same elements are behind the incident who are not in favour of talks with the Taliban."


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