KARACHI: An officer of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) was shot dead on main Shahrah-i-Quaideen on Tuesday in what appeared to be a targeted attack, police said.

They said 46-year-old Mohammad Ali Shah was targeted on the main road in his car near a popular eatery when he was waiting for the traffic light to turn green.

Two men on a motorbike came close to his car and one of them fired a single shot from very close range and rode away.

“The victim was hit in the head,” said Inspector Aurangzeb Khattak, the SHO of the Ferozabad police station. “The victim was a resident of Gulistan-i-Jauhar and came to see someone in the Tariq Road area. He was probably driving home when [he] came under attack.”

He said that the police recovered spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.

However, he ruled out a mugging attempt as the reason behind the incident. He said it was a targeted attack but the motives needed to be investigated.

The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities.

Two brothers die in Korangi

Two minor brothers were killed when the structure of an under-construction house collapsed in Korangi’s Mehran Town.

The area police said that the brothers, aged eight and six, respectively, were playing in Sector 6-C of Mehran Town when the structure of the house collapsed and they came under debris.

“The under-construction house was raised on a very weak foundation and the recent rains further eroded the already vulnerable structure,” said an official at the Korangi Industrial Area police station.

Published in Dawn, January 23rd, 2019