KARACHI: A man and his young son were shot dead in a ‘sectarian attack’ at a shop in an apartment building in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Saturday, police said.
They added that four gunmen riding two motorcycles arrived at a mobile phone shop in the Gulshan View Apartment building on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road and shot at Kalbe Abbas, 52, and his 26-year-old son, Musarrat Abbas, before fleeing.
“Kalbe Abbas was hit by four bullets in the chest and the head while his son sustained two gunshot wounds in the head,” said ASI Mohammad Ashraf of the Mobina Town police station.
Both victims died on the spot. Their bodies were taken to hospital, where they were handed over to their family after a post-mortem examination.
The police said it appeared to be a sectarian attack as the two were Shia. They added that further investigation was under way.
“The two men belonged to the Marri tribe of Bandhi town in Shaheed Benazirabad district. Thus, we are also investigating whether their murder was linked with some personal enmity,” ASI Ashraf added.
The neighbours were shocked over the killing and shopkeepers pulled down shutters in a state of fear, witnesses said.
Sunni Tehreek man killed
A 30-year-old motorcyclist was intercepted by two gunmen on a motorcycle, who opened fire on him in the head near Dhobi Ghat in Shah Faisal Colony No 5 on Saturday morning, the police said.
They added that 30-year-old Kashif Qadri owned a pharmacy in the same neighbourhood and was an activist of the Sunni Tehreek.
“He was on his motorcycle when two armed bikers intercepted him and fired at him,” said a police official. He died on the spot.
His body was taken to hospital from where it was handed over to his family.
After the killing, shops and businesses were shut down in the locality in mourning, the police said.
Man found shot dead
A 30-year-old man was found shot dead in the Link Road area of Steel Town on Saturday, the police said.
They added that the man was shot in the head and signs of torture were also visible on his body.
There were some speculations that the man might be an activist of a local political party, but the police and the political party did not confirm it yet.
The body was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
Man killed in Mauripur
A young man was shot dead over some personal dispute in Musharraf Colony in Mauripur on Saturday, the police said.
They said Shahid Mehmood was shot dead on some domestic matter. The police said they were looking for the victim’s cousin who went missing after the incident.