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KARACHI, June 10: Three employees of the Karachi Municipal Corporation were gunned down on Monday in two attacks apparently on sectarian grounds, police said.

The officails said that Mohsin Raza, 45, and Syed Ahmed Hussain, 45, left the offices of the District Municipal Corporation (west) in the SITE area in a car for Noor-ul-Iman mosque to offer prayer. When they reached Nazimabad, armed motorcyclists intercepted the vehicle, opened indiscriminate fire on them and fled.

They were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.

SSP-Central Amir Farooqi said that it appeared that the motive for the killing was sectarian.

Nazimabad SHO Faryad Hussain said that the victims sustained five and seven bullet wounds, respectively.

The assailants used 9-MM pistols and fired 14 bullets on their vehicle.

Mr Raza was an engineer in grade 18 in the KMC. He was father of two and lived in Malir. The victim Hussain was working on a contract basis in DMC-West. He was a resident of Shah Faisal Colony.

In another incident, Shafi Muhammad, 27, was shot dead in the Orangi Town’s Iqbal Market area on Monday.

The police said that the victim was a KMC employee and posted in Safari Park.

He was targeted as soon as he left his home for office.

The police suspected that he was targeted due to sectarian reasons.

ASI shot dead

A traffic official was gunned down in the Sohrab Goth area.

Police said that Assistant Sub-Inspector Mehboob, 42, was riding a motorcycle when he was targeted near ‘Ganna Mandi.’

Sachal SHO Haroon Korai said that the victim was posted in the traffic police in the same area.

He suspected that he might have been killed by militants.

The victim originally hailed from Khairpur.

Two youths killed

Two young men were gunned down in the Nagan Chowrangi area.

SSP-Central Farooqi said that two motorcyclists entered the premises of PNSC Flats and two gunmen, apparently chasing the duo on bikes, entered there and shot them dead.

The bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The victims could not be identified till late in the night.

The SSP said that residents told the police that the victims and killers did not belong to the PNSC Flats.