KARACHI: Nearly nine people, including a woman, were wounded in aerial firing during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi.
Though law enforcement agencies were put on high alert and a strict ban was imposed on aerial firing, the city was witnessed heavy aerial firing after the clock struck midnight, as thousands of revellers came out onto the streets to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the creation of Pakistan.
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Intense firing was reported in various parts of the city, including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Federal B Area, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Landhi, Korangi, Orangi Town, Defence Housing Authority, Ayesha Manzil and Saddar areas.
The wounded persons were shifted to different government-run hospitals including Civil Hospital, Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital; however, most of the injured persons were later discharged from hospitals after receiving first aid.
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A 13-year-old girl, Maryam, was wounded when a stray bullet hit her in the Soldier Bazaar area. She was taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi for medical treatment. A young man identified as Arif was also wounded in aerial firing in Light House area.
Umair, 16, was wounded in Kharadar area. Thirty-year-old Arfa was wounded in a firing incident in the Native Jetty area. Five more people, including Kashif Siddiqui, Naseem Bibi, Wajahat, Saud and Yamin, were wounded in separate aerial firing incidents in Landhi, North Karachi, Aram Bagh, Kharadar and Mehmoodabad neighbourhoods.