KARACHI: One person was killed and at least 14 people were injured when participants of the Abbas Town funeral procession came under heavy fire at Al-Asif Square near Sohrab Goth, Express News reported.
Express News correspondent Nadeem Ahmed said that heavy firing by unknown men at Sohrab Goth came from “all sides.”
He said that at least 14 people were injured, including five Rangers personnel.
Some buses and vehicles including three ambulance were also torched near the highway. Six hotels were also burnt.
Members of the procession also came under fire at Ancholi where more people were injured.
While police and Rangers were not deployed when the firing started, they had been deployed after the participants of the funeral procession had passed through Sohrab Goth.
The government announced that pillion riding will be banned from midnight on March 4.
A crackdown against banned organisations will also be launched.
Funeral prayers for Abbas Town victims
Funeral prayers of people who were killed in Sunday’s twin blasts in Abbas Town were held earlier today. The funeral prayers were led by Maulana Shaikh Salahuddin. A large crowd turned out for the funeral prayers.
The dead were buried at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard in Karachi.
Earlier, funeral prayers of six of the dead were offered at Shuhada Karbala Imambargah in Ancholi.
As many as 50 people were killed and 140 people were injured when two bombs went off in a residential complex in Abbas Town, Karachi on March 3, 2013.
On the request of Karachi Traders Association, the Shia Ulema Council called off the strike, while Karachi Transport Ittehad also decided to end transport strike.
MNA Shazia Marri turned away
When MNA Shazia Marri arrived at Abbas Town on Monday afternoon — apparently for recording of a show — incensed area residents forced her car to turn back.
Express News bureau chief Akbar Ali said that at first the area residents thought the Marri had arrived to condole with them. When they saw that the MNA was there for recording a programme, they forced her entourage to turn back. Some angry members of the crowd slapped Marri’s car as it made its way out of the area.