KARACHI: A trader was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Gulberg Town on Tuesday evening, Samanabad police said.

They added that as Syed Sajjad Mehdi, 30, left his home in Block-18 in a car, gunmen riding a motorcycle, wearing uniforms of security guards and masks intercepted him near Syed Asghar Ashfaq School in the same locality. One of the attackers got off the motorbike and opened fire on him. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The police investigators found four empty casings of bullets fired from a 9mm pistol at the crime scene.

A Samanabad police official said the victim was Shia and his murder might have been prompted by sectarianism.

PML-N worker kidnapped, killed

A worker of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was kidnapped, tortured and killed on Tuesday.

His body stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Haji Mehmood Goth in Surjani Town near Cattle Colony. The dead was identified as Mohammed Ayub, 30, resident of Manzoor Colony. There were injury marks on his head, forehead and other parts caused by a hard and blunt weapon.

Surjani police said he was riding a motorcycle with his cousin Nasir Khan near the Civil Hospital Karachi when he received a call from someone, asking him to take back his Rs30,000. He went with his cousin to North Karachi, Sector-11-A. Again, he received a call and the caller asked him to come to another street at around 12:30pm on Monday from where he disappeared.

On Tuesday morning at 7:15am, the body of the man stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Surjani. PML-N District South president Rana Iftikhar told Dawn that Ayub Jadoon was a former senior vice president of the PML-N in District South and at present was a worker of the party in Manzoor Colony.