KARACHI, Dec 4: Two Muttahida Qaumi Movement activists and a worker of the Sunni Tehrik were among the five persons gunned down in different parts of the city on Tuesday, while yet another man was stabbed to death.
Police said the first incident took place at around 8.30am near the Numaish intersection within the remit of the Jamshed Quarters police station, where gunmen riding a motorcycle targeted Mohammad Siddiqui, 35.
The victim was driving his pickup when he was attacked. He suffered six gunshot wounds and died before he could be taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi. The suspects fled after the shooting, the police said.
The victim was an activist of the MQM. He was a resident of Jamshed Quarters No 1 and father of three.
Following the killing tension gripped the localities along Jamshed Road and Jehangir Road, where shops and markets were closed. Incidents of firing were also reported in different areas.
In another incident later in the day, another worker of the MQM was targeted by gunmen in Nazimabad No 2.
Police said the incident took place in Nazimabad No 2 within the remit of the Gulbahar police station, where assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on Mohammad Rehan, 25, who was sitting outside an apartment building.
The suspects riding a motorcycle fled the scene after the shooting, the police said.
The victim was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
A large number of party workers gathered at the ASH after learning about the incident.
Following the killing tension gripped different parts of Nazimabad No 2.
In the third incident, an activist of the Sunni Tehrik was targeted in PIB Colony on Tuesday night.
Police said the incident took place near a petrol station. Two suspects escaped.
An ST spokesman said Zahid Qadri, 35, was a member of the party’s PIB Colony sector committee. After offering Maghrib prayers at Faran Masjid, he was riding his motorcycle home when gunmen targeted him, the spokesman said.
The victim was a resident of PIB Colony and father of two.
PIB Colony and Jamshed Quarters police officials bickered over the jurisdiction of crime scene after the killing.
Other incidents An unidentified man was killed by a lone suspect near Banaras Chowk on Tuesday.
Police said the incident took place at a tea stall near the Banaras bridge, where a young man having tea was shot at by the suspect who was on foot.
The suspect fled following the shooting. Police shifted the body to the ASH, where the victim was pronounced dead on arrival. He could not be immediately identified as he had nothing in possession that could establish his identity. Following the medico-legal formalities, the body was shifted to the Edhi morgue, the police said.
In another incident, a man was shot dead on resistance to a robbery attempt in Mehmoodabad.
Police said the incident took place within the remit of the Mehmoodabad police station, where Mohammad Arshad buying vegetables from the market was held at gunpoint by suspects, who demanded valuables from him. As the victim tried to put up resistance, the suspects shot him and fled, said a senior police officer of the area.
The victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he died during treatment.
He was a resident of the same area where the incident took place.
In yet another incident, a young man was stabbed to death in a locality off the Superhighway.
The police said the victim, Gul Ahmed, 30, was stabbed to death by assailants at Afghani Camp within the remit of the Sohrab Goth police station.
The victim was taken to the ASH, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police suspected the killing was a result of personal enmity.