Target killings claim three lives
Karachi: More violence was reported in the city on Friday as three people, including workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Dawat-i-Islami, were killed in separate incidents.
The tortured and bullet-riddled body if MQM worker Amin Ahmed was found lying dead in the Moosa Lane in the morning.
Station House Officer (SHO) Haji Sanaullah of the Baghdadi police station said the body was moved to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) and a message aired on police control. It was found that the deceased was a resident of the same area where he was killed.
He left home on Thursday night and was kidnapped by unidentified people, who tortured the victim before shooting him dead. The body bore torture marks and the deceased had been shot once in the head. Investigators termed the murder of Ahmed as a targeted killing and confirmed that he was the worker of the MQM. Tension developed in the Baghdadi and Kharadar area, while the leadership of MQM also demanded the arrest of the killers.
Fida Ali, 35, was shot dead in Gali No-5 of Landhi No-1.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Abdul Majeed Abbas of the Landhi Division said the incident was took place in the afternoon.
Ali was a resident of the same area and a worker of the DI. The victim was on his way home after Jumma prayers when two armed motorcyclists arrived at the scene and shot him three times. He was moved to the JPMC, where he breathed his last. The police had also recovered empty 9mm bullet casings and sent them to the forensics division. Investigators said this was another case of target killing
Mohammed Asif the owner of a sweets shop, was gunned down in the Rizvia police remits. This incident took place at the Faiz-i-Shireen shop situated near the Rizvia Cut.
SDPO Rustam Khan Khattak of the Nazimabad Division confirmed that Asif owned the shop and was targeted while sitting at the cash counter of his shop after he returned from Jumma prayers.
Four armed motorcyclists stopped in front of Asif’s shop and one of the gunmen entered. He pulled out his pistol and shot Asif four times in the chest. The assailants fled, while Asif was pronounced dead as he reached the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
SDPO Khattak said it was premature to determine the motive in this case, but suspected that the Asif was either killed by extortionists or fell victim to the ongoing wave of sectarian violence. Investigation revealed that deceased Asif had received an extortion threat a year ago, but the police solved that issue.
In a Thursday night/Friday morning operation against criminals in Lyari, Rangers personnel claimed that a gangster was killed, while three others were held in an injured condition. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession.
Police said that Rangers Sindh entered the Ali Mohammed Mohallah of Baghdadi based on information that criminal elements were hiding in the area. The Rangers alleged that they were fired upon as soon as they entered the area and the criminals also lobbed a grenade on their van.
The Rangers retaliated and after a brief encounter, arrested four injured ‘gangsters’, who were later moved to the CHK. Two Kalashnikovs, the same number of TT pistols and a hand grenade were found from their possession. One of the suspects died during treatment. The deceased was identified as Hanif, while the injured were Ubaid, Shahzad and Mohammed Bux. All of them belonged to Lyari’s Golden Group, a gangster outfit, and were wanted by the police in murder and extortion cases.