Lyari gang war claims 15 lives, injures dozens

Published: March 12, 2014
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KARACHI: Armed conflict between two rival groups in Lyari left 15 dead while dozens of others suffered injuries, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The Jhat Pat Market of Lyari became a battleground as the two groups – Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch gangs – attacked each other with hand grenades, rockets and guns.

“The clash erupted this morning when two gangs exchanged heavy gunfire, later they fired RPGs and lobbed hand grenades at each other,” Senior police official Faisal Bashir told AFP.

He added that there were 15 schoolchildren among the injured.

Bashir said the violence had erupted after one of the gangs had kidnapped a member of the other gang the night before.

He further said one of the gangs suspected the other of providing a tip to police that led to the killing of a top leader.

Sporadic gunfire could still be heard from the scene, according to an AFP reporter. Police were preventing journalists from entering the area.

Dr Purshotum Das, a senior official at the Civil Hospital Karachi confirmed the attack.

Major Sibtain Rizvi, a spokesman for paramilitary troops, added that two gangsters had been killed and one had been arrested.

Dr Seemi Jamali of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where some of the injured were taken, said three paramilitary rangers and two police were wounded.

According to police, the firing began around 4:00 am while major blasts were heard at noon.

Din Muhammad, a 43-year-old resident who was being treated at Karachi Civil Hospital for a gun-shot wound in his right leg, said he was sitting at the shop when he heard explosions.

“There was a big bang and then people were shouting and crying, I closed the shutter of my shop to run home but I saw people fallen into the ground, bleeding and screaming,” he said.

“I was running towards a group of people lying on the ground a few yards away and then I fell to the ground,” after being shot, he added.

“My leg was bleeding and I could not stand up, I remained there for around twenty minutes and then local people came and brought us here,” he said.

An AFP reporter at the hospital said that some people, who were accompanying the wounded, started chanting slogans against security forces before briefly clashing with them.

By Wednesday afternoon, some 200 police commandos had arrived on the scene to conduct a search operation after the clash had ended, senior police official Shah Nawaz told AFP.

Earlier today, DC South had said that a joint search operation by the police and Rangers has started, adding that the situation will be brought in control soon.

Emergency was declared in the Civil Hospital as injured were taken there for medical assistance. The deceased include four women and two children, however, none of the victims have been identified as yet.

Shops and businesses shut down in Lyari and residents of the area protested against the clash and burnt tyres.

Today, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan presented a report on the conditions in Lyari to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to inform him about the tense situation in the area.

Lyari gang war

The differences between Uzair and Baba began over the issue of Uzair’s escape from Lyari, according to a source who is close to both of them.

“Baba directed Uzair not to leave his men as the entire neighbourhood considered him to be the sardar [leader]. But Uzair left without taking Baba into confidence,” the source had said.

Insiders had said Baba suffered setbacks when a large number of his operational commanders were killed. “Uzair Baloch in comparison did not lose as many men. Some of Baba’s commanders even joined his rival’s group, which came as a shock to say the least,” an insider had said.

Eight gangsters were killed in three joint operations conducted by the police and Rangers, DIG South Khalid Shaikh said. The operations were conducted in the Rangiwara area of Lyari. All gangsters were belonged the Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch gangs.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Syed
    Mar 12, 2014 - 12:25PM

    According to DG Rangers lyari is a peaceful area !! .. Priorities Guys Priorities …. Recommend

  • Mar 12, 2014 - 12:26PM

    And what is being done by the rangers /police?

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  • salman
    Mar 12, 2014 - 12:41PM

    Excellent results of Karachi operation

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  • AK47
    Mar 12, 2014 - 12:46PM

    @Shahid:
    Fortifying their offices and killing common people. They cant even cross that CHEEL CHOWK shown in pic.

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  • chG
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:01PM

    3 liberal parties: ppp mqm anp

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  • xyz
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:02PM

    why no condemnation from liberals .becoz it is done by PPP amn commitee

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  • sa
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:06PM

    bring Zulfkar Cheema as IG Sindh

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  • Mar 12, 2014 - 1:40PM

    So who was against the operation?

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  • AAA
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:51PM

    I think Govt is allowing these fight to escalate further until they die or get weak themselves.

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  • Jalbani Baloch
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:53PM

    For how long this killing and destruction will continue? Allah will surely take to task, those who are on the helm of affairs, and who have been given power and authority to safeguard the lives and properties of people of Karachi. The Chief Executive of the Province, and the Chiefs of Police and Rangers should fear from the wrath of Allah and take ruthless actions against killers and other anti social elements.

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  • Dani
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:54PM

    Bravo Police and Rangers you are doing a great Job In Karachi by only targeting MQM workers.
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  • Turbo
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:55PM

    Lyari is PPP area…hats off to PPP and its supoorters!

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  • Omer
    Mar 12, 2014 - 2:02PM

    Lyari is a peaceful area in the whole world according to PPP…
    operation should continue in MQM strong hold areas..
    shame on police and rangers!!?

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  • ali ahmed
    Mar 12, 2014 - 2:38PM

    @chG..without knowing dynamic karachi one should not comment.only PPP gangster are fighting…MQM and ANP not involved

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  • imran ali
    Mar 12, 2014 - 2:43PM

    very soon the karachi chief of police and Ranger chief will call a press conference..that killer has been identified..and liked to a particular political party of Karachi…Karachi police and Ranger are not interested in peaceful karachi…in the name of operation earning million of rupees ..arresting innocent people and releasing them after taking money

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  • AF
    Mar 12, 2014 - 2:46PM

    Bravo to Zulfiqar Mirza who termed them as ” Masoom Bachaas ” besides issuing them with the Prohibited Bore Weapon Licence.

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  • Sheeda Tilli
    Mar 12, 2014 - 3:57PM

    zulfikar mirza armed and organized Liyari criminals under the garb of so called peoples amn committee to kill and loot people of Karachi but forgot that criminals could not be united for long. Zulfikar mirza should be investigated for his role which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people in Karachi during last six years of corruption party rule

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  • Anonymous
    Mar 12, 2014 - 4:57PM

    The heading of this news is misleading. The carnage in lyari was not due to the gang war. But two gangs of two political parties attacked a market in rush hours killing many innocent people, mostly women and children. Two gangs attacked the people.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 12, 2014 - 5:22PM

    And when the Rangers and Police start some operation inside Liyari against the gangs the Liyari people make their women and kids go out to protest against it.

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  • kulwant singh
    Mar 12, 2014 - 6:55PM

    From where these people obtain such sophisticated weapons which are meant for Armed forces only.

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  • rn
    Mar 12, 2014 - 7:12PM

    notice taken….

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  • Mar 12, 2014 - 7:19PM

    These two PPP affiliates are murdering and killing with impunity for the past many years but no calls for airstrikes on their strongholds from PPP’s “anti-terrorism” advocates?

    Here is one PPP leader’s response to the last military operation in the area: Taj Haider, the PPP’s general secretary in Sindh province, agreed the military operation was a “huge mistake”. “We dealt with a political problem with force, when we should have dealt with it through talks,”Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 12, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Zulfiqar Mirza accepted that he gave weapons to Lyari gangsters, somebody lodge case against him in Supreme court, where is PTI, after all PTI is best at it.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Mar 12, 2014 - 9:14PM

    3000 Licenses given to them by Zulifar Mirza, which weren’t for wedding fireworks; and if anybody remembers; about 6-8 months a go a car was seized belonging to PPP Lyari MPA; filled with latest weapons & ammunitions, and the entire matter was quietly shelved by Media.

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