Father, two sons killed in sectarian attack
By: Salis bin Perwaiz
A father and two sons targeted in a sectarian attack were among 10 people gunned down in the city, police said on Tuesday.
Risala SHO Chaudhry Saeed Akhtar said 60-year-old Mohammad Raza and his sons Komail Raza, Abbas Raza and Ali Raza were on their way home, located in Soldier Bazaar, in their car at night when two men on a motorcycle sprayed them with bullets near Essa Masjid in Pan Mandi.
They were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where Mohammad Raza, Komail and Abbas breathed their last, while Ali survived his injuries. The victims suffered multiple bullet wounds and the police found 9mm pistol bullet shells at the spot. Police investigators believe the attack was sectarian in nature and a banned outfit was responsible for it.
Imamia Students Organisation leaders and activists reached the hospital and accused their rival group of murdering the three men. A bus was also torched at MA Jinnah Road late at night during a protest against the killings.
The SHO said Mohammad Raza and his son owned a spices shop in Pan Mandi.
Two MQM men shot dead
Two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists were shot dead in Sector 10 of North Karachi.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Najamul Hassan of the Manghopir Division said Mohammad Riaz and Yaqoob, committee members of the MQM’s Unit 7, were attacked by two men a motorcycle. They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they expired. The two victims suffered multiple bullet wounds to their upper torsos. The police found 30-bore pistol bullet shells at the crime scene.
Following the dual murder, tension gripped the area as some men fired gunshots in the air and forcibly shut down shops. MQM leaders and activists reached the hospital and staged a protest. They demanded the immediate arrest of the killers.
‘Target killer’ shot dead
An alleged target killer was gunned down outside his home in Bengali Para.
Zaman Town SHO Liaquat Durs said 42-year-old Mohammad Siddiq Bengali was sitting outside his house at night when two men on a motorcycle arrived there and opened fire on him. He was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), where he was pronounced dead. The victim suffered multiple bullet wounds to his upper torso.
“Siddiq had a criminal background and was earlier arrested for killing a head constable, an assistant sub-inspector and a police constable in Ibrahim Hyderi,” the police officer said. “He was presently on bail.”
Man killed in Mominabad
A man was killed and his friend injured over a dispute in Mominabad. Police said Rehman, a resident of Mominabad Market, and his friend Alam had an argument with a man named Yousuf, who took out his pistol and shot them. They were taken to the CHK, where Rehman breathed his last, while Alam managed to survive.
Driver gunned down
A pick-up driver was murdered in Korangi. The area’s SHO, Matiullah, said 32-year-old Syed Aamir Ali, who resided in Sector-Y of Zaman Town, had left home in the morning when two men on a motorcycle shot him in Sector 33E of Korangi.
He was rushed to the JPMC, where he expired.
The victim was shot twice in the head and the police found 30-bore pistol bullet casings at the spot.
Police sleuths suspect that the murder was sectarian in nature.
Man killed in Ram Swami
A man was shot dead on Nishtar Road in Ram Swami. Garden SHO Fateh Shiekh said the police received information about the attack in the evening. The man was shifted to the CHK, where he was pronounced dead. He was shot once in the head. The SHO said as no identification card was found on the body, the victim’s identity could not be ascertained.
A man was found shot dead under the Lyari Expressway Bridge in Pak Colony in the morning. The area’s SHO, Abdul Waheed Awan, said the victim was tortured before being killed.