KARACHI: A young man, said to be an informer, was shot dead in what police described as a targeted attack in Orangi Town in the small hours of Tuesday morning.

They added that 26-year-old Atif Nazar, 26, was killed by unidentified assailants in Shah Waliullah Nagar, Sector-11 ½.

The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Iqbal Market SHO Amin Mughal said that the incident took place close to the home of the victim.

The police said that the victim had worked with law enforcement agencies as their informer. Apparently, the SHO said, he was targeted by criminals due to his “spy activities”.

However, efforts were under way to ascertain the exact motive and culprits behind the killing, the police added.

59 muggings reported in city

The Karachi police chief informed the chief minister on Tuesday that a total of 142 incidents of street crimes were reported in the city during the last 24 hours.

He said that 59 people were deprived of their cell phones, cash and other valuables. Around 12 motorcycles were snatched at gunpoint while six cars and 65 motorbikes were stolen in different parts of the city.

Two criminals were arrested in wounded conditions in three encounters with police, he said, adding that a total of 158 suspects were taken into custody for their involvement in different crimes.

The police recovered 18 snatched / stolen mobile phones and 35 vehicles including 32 motorcycles in the same period in the city.

Published in Dawn, February 1st, 2023

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