KARACHI: In a recent wave of target killings in Karachi, four people were killed while eight were injured in separate incidents on Wednesday. Three of the deceased belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). This takes the death toll of MQM activists to six in the last 24 hours.
A former UC counsellor of the MQM was killed when unidentified men opened fire at him in the Saudabad area of Malir. The man was identified as Khursheed Alam. Another MQM activist, Zubair Siddiqi, was gunned down in the same area by unknown armed assailants.
MQM activist Hasnain Malik was attacked by unidentified men in the Orangi Town. Malik died on the spot due to bullet injuries. A few days earlier, his son was killed in the same manner.
Three MQM workers were killed on Tuesday in different parts of city, including a former UC-councillor Anwar Alam alias Babu who was killed in the PECHS area, Azhar Ali and Kamran Ali, whose bodies were found from Memon Goth Graveyard and Ganna Mandi areas, respectively.
A local hotel in the Quaidabad area of the city was also attacked today. Unidentified men had lobbed a hand grenade from a bridge located above the hotel.
The grenade hit the cash counter, severely injuring three customers and one employee at the hotel. The injured were shifted to Jinnah hospital for treatment.
The attack was earlier believed to have been carried out using a cracker bomb, but Deputy Sub Inspector (DSP) Rao Iqbal confirmed that it was a hand grenade.
In another incident, unknown armed assailants opened fire at a public bus in the Gulistan-e-Johar area, injuring four passengers.
According to Express News correspondent Wasiq Muhammad, shops were closed down soon after the firing incident. However, police have still not reached the crime scene.
The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.