As many as eight people were fatally shot over what the police claims to be an old feud on Wednesday morning.
Millat Town police said six armed men had entered a house in Green Town and opened indiscriminate fire at the family members in their sleep, killing three people on the spot and injuring five others.
The injured were taken to Allied Hospital, where four of them succumbed to their injuries. Doctors treating the injured said they were in a critical condition.
The same assailants, the police said, targeted another family, related to those killed in Green Town at their Shadman Town home.
Witnesses said some of the assailants jumped the walls of the house and others broke in. They then shot and injured four people and fled.
The injured were taken to Allied Hospital in a Rescue 1122 ambulance, where one of them succumbed to his injuries later.
Those who died in the first incident were identified as Ghulam Fatima, Ramazan Bibi and 12-year-old Ahmad Ali.
Arshad, Ayesha, Sharifan Bibi, Haleema Bibi and Farzana Bibi died in the second incident.
Police said the bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination. District Medical Officer Raja Khurram Shehzad said that the forensic reports will be issued on receipt of the chemical examine’s findings.
However, he said, preliminary reports will be sent to the police on Thursday (today).
Millat Town Station House Officer Abid Zafar claimed that the killings were a result of an old enmity between two groups. No arrests have been made so far, he said.
SHO Zafar told The Express Tribune that the initial information and evidence gathered by police indicated that the assailants in both the incidents were the same. He said murder cases had been registered against eight unidentified assailants by Muhammad Yousaf, father of the two deceased women. He said he had lost his daughters and grandchildren in the Wednesday’s killings.
He, however, denied having an enmity with anybody.
Iftikhar Ahmad, a neighbour of the deceased Arshad of Shadman Town, said, “By the time I stepped out of my home to investigate, the assailants had fled. I and some other neighbours went into the house and found the bodies and the injured lying in a pool of blood,” he said.
He said they informed the police as well as the Rescue 1122 and took the injured to the hospital.
Parveen Bibi, a cousin of Ghulam Fatima who also died in the incident, said the unidentified enemies had claimed the lives of almost the entire family.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2012.