KARACHI: At least eight people, including two police officials and three Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists, were among those shot dead in different incidents of violence in the city on Thursday.
According to reports, a police sub-inspector was shot dead during an exchange of fire between police and dacoits near Brooks Chorwrangi in the limits of Korangi Industrial area.
Police, acting on a tip-off, rushed to the crime scene and challenged the dacoits who were looting passersby on gunpoint at Jam Sadiq Bridge.
Upon reaching the site, the police were attacked by the dacoits. As a result, a sub-inspector, Ihtisham, sustained bullet wounds and was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where doctors pronounced him dead.
Separately, a police constable, Qasim Hussain, 38, was gunned down, while two others sustained injuries during an encounter with dacoits at Faqeera goth, Super highway.
In another incident, two people including an activist of the MQM were gunned down, at Joria bazaar in the limits of Kharadar police station. The victims, identified as Shakil and Suhail, died on the spot while three others sustained injuries. According to police, Shakil was the joint unit in-charge of Methadar unit of the MQM.
Separately, another MQM activist was shot dead at Jauhar Morr, Gulistan-e-Jauhar by unidentified men. As a result of the firing, Farhan Ali Kazmi was killed while two others, identified as Mustafa and Hammad, were injured
Another activist of MQM was shot dead near Madiha bus stop at New Karachi in the limits of New Karachi police station. Police said that the victim, Shafiq Khan, 30, was a resident of the same area and an active member of unit 139, New Karachi sector.
In another incident, a member of the Kutchi Rabitta committee (KRC), Sumar Tamachi, 30, was shot dead on Wednesday night.
Police said that the victim was the brother-in-law of KRC unit-in-charge, Waseem Kutchi.
The New Karachi Industrial Area Police found the bullet-riddled body of young business man, who was kidnapped earlier from Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
According to police, the victim, Rashid, son of Noor Muhammad, had been kidnapped for ransom. Upon refusal to pay the ransom amount by his relatives, the kidnappers killed him and threw his body in New Karachi Khamisso Goth, they said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2013.
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