KARACHI, July 21: An activist of the Awami National Party was killed and two others were injured when the party’s office in Landhi’s Gulshan-i-Buner area came under attack on Sunday night. However, the party claimed that its two workers had been killed.

“An explosion occurred at the ANP’s office and it was followed by an attack by gunmen,” said DIG East Capt Tahir Naveed. “Bomb disposal officials have been sent to determine the nature of the explosion.”

SHO Shabbir Hussain of the Quaidabad police station said two men opened fire and hurled a ‘cracker-like thing’ at the office. Three men were in the office at that time. One of them died on the spot and two others suffered injuries.

But ANP spokesperson Abdul Malik told Dawn that the party’s local leader Afroz and activist Dilawar had been killed and eight workers were injured.

The attack took place in the area where a bomb blast in the office of Amanullah Mehsud, the party’s candidate for a Sindh Assembly seat, had claimed 12 lives during general elections on May 11.

Not far from the place where Sunday’s attack took place, ANP candidate for NA-254 Sadiq Zaman and his six-year-old son had been shot dead on May 2 while they were coming from a mosque after Friday prayers. Taliban had claimed responsibility for the attack.

In another incident, two men died in a clash between groups of residents of Faqir Colony in Orangi Town.

A man was shot dead during an attempted robbery in Soldier Bazaar. Police said robbers had stormed an internet café near Nishter Park. Tahir, 28, resisted the robbers when they tried to snatch his mobile phone.


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