KARACHI: The troubled streets of the city saw 13 people killed in multiple attacks today.
Based on their initial investigation, police believe that most of the killings were a result of sectarian violence.
MWM leader gunned down
A Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) leader was shot dead along with his security guard-cum-driver in a brazen incident of target killing in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday.
MWM’s deputy secretary general, Maulana Dedar Ali Jalbani, was on his way to the MWM office in Ancholi Society along with his security guard-cum-driver Sarfaraz Ali, from his residence in Ayub Goth when armed motorcyclists intercepted his car and opened fire.
The MWM leader and his guard were shot multiple times and died on the spot. Their bodies were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy and later were shifted to Ancholi Society.
Following the incident, various parts of the city - particularly Shia-dominated neighbourhoods - such as Ancholi Society, Rizvia Society, Ayub Goth, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jaffer Tayar Society in Malir, M.A. Jinnah Road and Abbas Town saw commercial activities come to a halt as unidentified armed men resorted to indiscriminate firing in reaction to the killings.
In response to the attack, MWM announced three days of mourning. They also appealed to the public to remain calm and demanded that the government and law enforcement agencies arrest the culprits.
Tableeghi Jamaat members shot dead
Three members of the Tableeghi Jamaat were shot dead and two others injured in a targeted killing in North Nazimabad on Tuesday.
Three armed riders on a motorcycle opened indiscriminate firing at the individuals shortly after they walked out of the Madni Masjid in Block-I following a ‘dars’ in the mosque.
The Superintendent of Police further said that a 9mm pistol was used in the assassination, and police have collected 10 empty shells from the crime scene.
Two people were injured in the attack.
A scout of the Payam-e-Wilayat, Syed Zakir Hussain, was also shot dead near Singer Chowrangi.
Sakhi Hasan attack
Five more people were killed from firing at a black-coloured-SUV near Sakhi Hasan Roundabout in North Nazimabad, Karachi. According to initial reports, the attackers were on motorcycles.
The bodies were transferred to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. One of the victims was identified as a businessman from Manghopir.
DSP Iftikhar Lodhi told The Express Tribune that police have collected the empty shells of the Kalashnikovs used in the assassination.
Correction: Previously, the story erroneously described slain Professor Azfar Rizvi as a Shia. The errors is regretted and a correction has been made.
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