KARACHI: At least fifteen people died and several injured on Saturday as the menace of targeted killings continues to spread havoc in Karachi, DawnNews reported.
In Gulshan-i-Iqbal block 2, unidentified gunmen opened fie at a local tea restaurant killing five and injuring two people. Four of the deceased were identified as Abdul Khailq, Imran, Shamsur Rehman and Abdullah.
The incident took place near a seminary of Deobandi Sunni sect where the students had gathered for some refreshments. The school is for pupils aged 18-22.
“The unidentified gunmen on motorcycles specifically targeted the students of a nearby religious seminary and escaped after the shooting,” Shahid Hayat, a senior police official told AFP.
“The initial investigations reveal that the killings were part of the ongoing wave of target killing in the city,” he said referring to Karachi's sectarian, political and ethnic violence which have killed at least 1,100 people this year.
Another local police official Mohammad Hafeez told AFP that police were looking into why the students of this particular seminary were targeted.
In North Nazimabad, near Saifi College, three people lost their lives when an unidentified gunman opened fire at them. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital later.
Meanwhile, three people were killed in two different incidents in Korangi area.
Earlier, in Old Golimar’s locality of Pak Colony, four people were shot dead when unknown gunmen opened fire on them near the Rexer Bridge area.
Subsequently, police and rescue teams reached the site and transferred the bodies to Civil Hospital.
Police said the killing was the result of a personal dispute and the deceased were involved in gang warfare.
In a separate incident, a man was gunned down in the Jumma Goth area of Korangi.
Moreover, funeral prayer of Saeed Haider was offered at Rizvia Imam Bargah. Haider was targeted killed on Friday– DawnNews/AFP