KARACHI: A man was shot dead while four others were injured in separate incidents of target killing and muggings in the city on Thursday.
Unidentified men opened fire at Mohammad Azeem, a resident of Ilyas Goth, outside a mosque within the limits of the Super Market police. According to SHO Rizwan Patel, the incident took place in the early hours of the morning when Azeem was on his way home after offering prayers at Muhammadi Masjid. The men were riding a motorcycle and were waiting for him to step out of the mosque before spraying him with bullets. He died on the spot and was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The SHO added that the deceased worked as a driver at Aga Khan University Hospital.
On Thursday, two people were injured when unidentified men on a motorcycle opened fire at an electric and hardware store in Hasan Colony, Nazimabad No.1. The incident took place within the limits of the Rizvia police station. The SHO, Mazhar Iqbal, said the assailants had covered their faces with surgical masks and managed to escape immediately after the attack. Shop owner Sadiq Hussain, 55, and his employee Mohammad Ali were injured and taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital by residents of the area. The SHO added that initial investigation suggested the attack might have sectarian motives. Later in the evening Sadiq Hussain succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
A civilian employee of the Pakistan Navy was shot at and injured by robbers within the limits of the Docks police. They claimed the 31-year-old was on his way to the Navy Dockyard when three unidentified men shot him in the leg while they tried to steal his motorcycle.
Forty-year-old Sajir was knifed in a scuffle with unidentified men at Khyber Gate on Thursday within the limits of SITE-A police. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Mehmood Ali, 33, was gunned down by men on a motorcycle within the limits of Gizri police station on Wednesday night. He died on the spot and his body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. The police said the deceased was shot six times. They believe the deceased had a dispute with some people and they might have been behind the attack.
Thirty-two-year-old Ghazanfar Mughal and Imran, 30, were shot at by men on a motorcycle in Orangi Town’s Urdu Chowk on Wednesday. Mughal died on the spot while Imran was injured and taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2014.
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