Five people, including two robbery suspects, were killed and two injured in a shootout in Saddar Samundri area on Wednesday night.
The deceased were identified as Chak No170-GB resident Muhammad Ashraf, his sons Khalid and Jameel and robbery suspects Waseem and Muazzam.
Ashraf’s two daughters suffered bullet injuries and were taken to a tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital where their condition was described as critical.
A murder and robbery case has been registered with Saddar-Samundri police against 12 men.
Witnesses said over a dozen armed men had attacked Muhammad Ashraf’s house for robbery. They said Ashraf put up brief resistance, killing two of the suspects, but was overwhelmed by the attackers. They said the attackers fled the scene after killing Ashraf and his sons.
SHO Muhammad Usman Khan Lashari, however, insisted that the incident was linked to a rivalry between the two groups and was not a robbery. He said police were gathering crime scene evidence. He said an FIR had been registered under Sections 302, 397 and 109 of the PPC.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2012.