KARACHI: Fourteen people, including four activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and two policemen, were shot dead in gun attacks in different parts of the city on Monday, police and party sources said.
In a shooting outside the MQM unit office in Gulshan-i-Maymar, five workers of the party were wounded, the officials said.
They added that the attackers, said to be four, riding two motorcycles sped away after targeting the activists.
The wounded were rushed to a nearby private hospital, where three workers — Adnan Ali, Waqas and Shakir — died while Humayun and Arif were admitted for treatment, the police said.
The police investigators collected around a dozen spent bullet casings of 9mm pistol from the crime scene.
Following the attack, tension gripped the locality that reverberated with gunfire causing closure of shops in the area.
Earlier during the day, a Muttahida activist was gunned down in the Haleemabad area of Malir, police said.
Junaid Ahmed, 28, an activist of the party unit 97, was on a motorbike when he was targeted within the remit of the Malir City police station, an official said.
The victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Following the incident, tension gripped different localities of Malir.
Constable killed in ‘sectarian’ attack A police constable was gunned down in the Gulbahar area on Monday evening, police said.
They said that assailants on a motorcycle targeted Syed Mukhtar Rizvi, 30, who was sitting at a video shop in Pasban Mohallah within the remit of the Gulbahar police station. He died on the spot.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
The police said that the policeman was killed apparently for sectarian reasons.
He was posted in the headquarters of the security zone of the police organisational structure.
ASI shot dead An assistant sub-inspector was sprayed with bullets in Sherpao Colony, Landhi, on Monday, officials said.
They added that ASI Zulfiqar Ali, 40, was heading to work when he was targeted within the remit of the Quaidabad police station, where he was posted.
The police investigators suspected that the attackers might have been following the officer since he left home.
The ASI sustained seven bullets and died before he could be taken to hospital.
‘ASWJ supporter’ killed A young man said to be a sympathiser of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat was shot dead in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Monday evening, police said. They added that Qari Mohammad Aasim, 35, was targeted near Safoora Chowrangi. He suffered a bullet wound in the head, causing his instant death.
The police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
A spokesman for ASWJ said the victim was their supporter.
Two brothers gunned down Two brothers were gunned down on M.A. Jinnah Road near the Mazar-i-Quaid on Monday evening, police said.
They said that assailants riding a motorcycle fired at two men also riding a bike and sped away.
The wounded were rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi where they died. They were identified as Saleem Shah, 26, and Akram Shah, 30.
The police said that they were brothers and lived in the Saddar area.
They were not immediately sure about their affiliation with any political or religious party.
Trader shot dead, guard wounded A trader was shot dead and his security guard was wounded in the Kharadar, police said.
They added currency trader Imran Yousaf, 35, had just arrived at his shop along with his guard in his car in Bantva Gali when armed men riding a motorbike opened fire on them and fled.
Both the wounded were rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi where Imran Yousaf was pronounced dead on arrival, while his guard, Mohammad Shahzad, was admitted for medical treatment.
The police quoted hospital sources as saying that the victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and had died before he could be taken to hospital.
His guard was also stated to be in a serious condition, according to the police.
The police suspected that the killing could be related to extortion activities.
Killing near zoo A young man was shot dead and a passer-by was wounded in an armed attack near the Karachi Zoological Gardens on Monday evening.
Police said that armed motorcyclists targeted Abdul Qadir when he was passing through the area on foot. Another man, said to be a passer-by, was also wounded in the firing.
The wounded were taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where Qadir was pronounced dead on arrival.
The wounded man could not be identified immediately.
Man shot dead A young man was shot dead in the Naseerabad area of Bin Qasim town, police said.
They added that Hazrat Umar was shot dead near his home. The police shifted the body to the JPMC for medico-legal formalities.
Bodies found in gunny bags The bodies of two young men stuffed in gunny bags were found from a garbage dump in Abbas Town on Monday morning, police said.
They added that the bodies bearing torture marks and gunshot wounds were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination.
At the hospital, one of the deceased was identified as Ismail Ghani, resident of Sikander Goth, while the identity of the other victim could not be ascertained.
The police believed that the victims had been killed somewhere else before their bodies were dumped by the roadside.
Later, the decomposed body of a man was found from Lyari Naddi near Mauripur Road.
The police believed that the victim had been killed several days ago. The cause of death could not be immediately clear.