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PN man among five shot dead in city

—AFP (File Photo).

KARACHI: Five people, including a Pakistan Navy man, were shot dead in separate incidents in the city on Wednesday, police said.

A Pakistan Navy sailor was gunned down in the Kharadar area on Wednesday morning.

Police said that armed men on a motorbike fired shots at 35-year-old Zahid Iqbal when he was sitting at a roadside cobbler stall near a bus stop at Merewether Tower.

“He sustained two bullet wounds and died at the Civil Hospital Karachi during treatment,” said Inspector Idrees Bangash, the SHO of the Kharadar police station.

“The victim originally hailed from Mianwali and lived here in an apartment near the KMC workshop. He was associated with Pakistan Navy as a sailor.”

Two watchmen gunned down in Manghopir

Two watchmen of a private school were killed and another was wounded in an armed attack at their workplace in the Manghopir area on Wednesday.

They said that three men on a motorbike pulled up outside the school in the Sultababad area and two of them stormed into the building, fired shots at the three men who were resting after their work hours.

“Watchmen Chaman Ali, Hafeezullah and Mohsin Hussain were inside the building and they sustained bullet wounds,” said Manghopir SHO Inspector Aslam Joya. “Chaman and Hafeezullah died on their way to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The attackers sped away after the incident.”

He said that all the three victims were in their mid-40s and originally hailed from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. They lived here in the school.

The police were not sure about the motive for the attack.

The area SHO said that it was being investigated the whether it was an incident related to some personal enmity or linked to the recent spate of violence in the city. “We are waiting for the victims’ families to set the course of investigations.”

Two killed in Pirabad

The owner of a meat shop and a cloth merchant were shot dead in the Qasba Colony area on Wednesday, police said.

The Pirabad police said that assailants riding a motorcycle emerged at the roadside meat shop in MPR Colony and fired at 29-year-old Muhammad Waqas, the shop owner, and Haji Asad, the cloth merchant, and rode away.

“The incident was reported in the second half of the day,” said an official at the Pirabad police station. “Asad was at the meat shop when the armed men started firing. It is not yet clear as to who was the actual target. The deceased Waqas was a resident of Qasba Colony, while Asad lived in the same MPR Colony.”

Tension gripped the area after the incident and life came to a complete halt as traders pulled down shutters and traffic disappeared from roads minutes after the firing.