KARACHI: A new spate of violence that erupted across Karachi on Friday resulted in three deaths, Express News reported.
A man was killed while his children sustained injuries when a stray rocket struck his house in the Lea Market area of Lyari. A schoolteacher, identified as Iftikhar, was shot dead in an earlier firing incident in the Baldia town area of Lyari.
In a separate incident, a 50-year-old man died and two others were injured in a hand grenade attack within the limits of Eidgah police station.
Violence erupted in Lyari this morning as protestors burnt tyres and forced owners to shut down shops to protest against raids and operations by law enforcement agencies.
Speaking at a press conference, SSP Chaudhry Aslam said that in order to prevent collateral damage, the police were engaged in a targeted operation in the area.
Explaining the ongoing violence in Lyari, Aslam said that the security personnel have managed to arrest area’s main criminals and that the remaining culprits are now reacting in a violent manner to prevent further arrests.
When questioned about the performance of rangers, the SSP stated that the police and rangers were working in collaboration to bring the situation back to normalcy.
Aslam also said that the criminals in the area are well armed and have rocket launchers and grenades. However, he assured they will soon be arrested.
Express News reported that police forces arrived in the area after the situation worsened, however they backed off and were unable to go further inside when assailants fired grenades and rockets at them in the Lea Market area.
According to sources, three other people have been killed in the city since last night.
The residents of Lyari are protesting against police operations in the area. According to them, law enforcement agencies take away people who are not criminals but normal citizens.
However, police claimed that the six people they had arrested from last night’s operation had a cache of weapons with them, and that an investigation is under way at the moment.
Violence makes Lea Market a war zone:
Violence resumed with a fresh spate of hand grenade and rocket attacks and continuous, indiscriminate firing by protesters in the Lea Market area of Landhi.
According to Express News reporters, two major reasons why law enforcement agencies have not been able to take control of the situation is that there is little man power present at the scene and no senior officials present to lead the operation.