KARACHI: A 45-year-old shopkeeper was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Landhi on Tuesday night, police said.

They added that Munir Raza was sitting at his ‘burger shop’ near Baber Market when four suspects riding two motorcycles emerged there and attacked him.

He sustained critical injuries and died while being taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

“The incident appears to be motivated by sectarianism,” said Landhi SP Akhtar Farooq.

A spokesperson for the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said Mr Raza, father of three, was their supporter. He said it was a second murder for sectarian reasons in the same area as previously a prominent Shia leader, Iqbal Masood, was targeted and killed there.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Mohammed Faizan Shah was shot dead in Baldia 5 ½ by assailants, according to police.

The body of the victim was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination.

Published in Dawn, October 15th, 2014