KARACHI, Jan 10: Eleven people were killed in separate incidents of firing, including an attack at a compound that left nearly half a dozen people dead and a couple of others wounded, across the city on Thursday, police said.
Armed with AK-47 rifles, six men arrived on two motorcycles at a compound in Quetta Town, off the Superhighway, officials at the Sohrab Goth police station said.
They opened fire on the people present inside the compound, mostly labourers, and sped away, said Sindh police spokesman SSP Imran Shaukat.
The wounded were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where five of them, identified as Mohammadullah, Usmanwali, Ajab Khan, Fareedullah and Zahir Shah, were pronounced dead, while two others, Saeed and Javed, were admitted for treatment, the officer said.
The police said that all the victims hailed from Mohmand Agency.
The police investigators said they were not yet sure about the exact motive for the attack though tribal enmity could be a cause.
Two killed in North Karachi
Two men were shot dead at the office of a non-governmental organisation in North Karachi on Thursday night, police said.
Armed men stormed into the office of Pukar, an NGO being run by Mohammad Ashraf said to be associated with the Pakistan People’s Party, situated within the remit of the Sir Syed police station, said SP of North Nazimabad Syed Salman Hussain.
They fired at Abdul Ghani, a cook, and Mohammad Naeem, a worker, and fled, the SP said, adding that a watchman outside the office identified one of the suspects as a drug peddler.
“The attack was not carried out on political grounds,” the officer said.
The police later shifted the bodies to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Court steno killed
A court official belonging to the Tableeghi Jamaat was gunned down in Saddar on Thursday, police said.
They added that Bashir Nazir, 45, a stenographer at a sessions court, was targeted by armed men riding a motorbike near Lucky Star within the remit of the Preedy police station.
The shooting caused panic at the traffic intersection as people ran for cover, while the attackers sped away.
The police reached the crime-scene and shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination.
Resident of Lines Area, the victim was father of four, the police said.
Protesting the killing of their colleague, court staff observed a pen-down strike suspending the legal proceedings. Undertrial prisoners brought to the city courts lockup were sent back without being produced in court.
Young man shot dead
A young man was killed near Water Pump in F.B Area within the remit of the Gulberg police station, officials said.
They added that Mohammad Azhar was passing through the area on his motorbike when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. The body was later taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities, the police said.
Man killed in Nazimabad
In Nazimabad No 2, a man was killed in a gun attack on his car within the remit of the Gulbahar police station.
The victim, identified as Khurram Shamsi, was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Man found shot dead
The body of an unidentified man stuffed in a gunny bag was found from the old city area on Thursday night, police said.
They added that the gunny bag was spotted near the ICI Bridge.
The police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities. Hospital sources said that the victim had been shot in the head.
An explosive device resembling a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG-6) spotted in Rabia City, Gulistan-i-Jauhar, on Thursday was safely defused and shifted from the residential area, officials said.
The police believed that it had been used during a recent clash between two rival groups in the same compound but it did not explode.
The officials said that the explosive device was spotted in Phase 5-D of Rabia City by area people who subsequently informed the police. Finally, a team of the bomb disposal unit reached the spot and defused it.