KARACHI: Eight people, including a policeman, were killed in separate incidents of violence in the city on Monday.
Head constable Zafar Iqbal, who was posted at Quaidabad police station, was attacked by armed men while on duty at the post office near the Rangers Headquarters in Landhi. He died on the spot and his body was taken to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre for autopsy.
A private company employee was shot dead near Guru Mandir Chowrangi within the limits of Jamshed Quarters police station. The police said that the victim was identified as 35-year-old Abdul Rehman, a resident of Lines Area. The deceased was on his way to work when unidentified armed men killed him over unexplained reasons.
Muhammad Hafiz, 38, was killed by unidentified men in Orangi Town. The victim was said to be an addict. The motive behind his murder could not be ascertained.
Two young men were found dead within SITE B police station limits. Police officials said that one of them was identified as 16-year-old Abdul Rehman while his companion could not be identified. According to initial investigation, both of them were kidnapped before being shot. The bodies also bore several torture marks.
An arms dealer was shot dead in Swat Colony in Baldia Town by a stray bullet.
Police said that Tanvir Siddiqui, 20, was passing through the area when a bullet him during a clash between two groups. No arrests, however, were made.
A man, identified as 40-year-old, Abdul Sattar was killed near Dua Hotel, Mauripur, within the limits of Kalri police. Police said that Sattar was killed by unidentified men and the reason behind his killing was being investigated.
A security guard of the Police Foundation, Ataullah, was killed while another, Haider Ali, was injured in a foiled robbery bid at a United Bank Limited branch. Police said that a group of robbers forced entry into the bank but the guards offered resistance. In the ensuing gun battle, Ataullah was killed. The robbers, however, managed to escape along with the weapon of the security guard.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2013.