KARACHI, July 18: Tension gripped parts of Orangi Town after the killing of a teenage boy in the area on Monday, officials said.

They said that 18-year-old Syed Naveed was hit by a single bullet in the upper torso when he was returning home in a textile company bus that came under an armed attack.

“The incident occurred in Sector 12-L of Orangi Town near Bakra Piri,” said an official at the Orangi Town police station.

“The motive and people behind the firing are not yet clear but we are confident that it is not the kind of the attack on bus that we witnessed in recent weeks during violence. It seems to be a result of random firing incident.”

The victim was a textile worker in the SITE area and a resident of the Sector 12-L.

Fear gripped the neighbourhood after the incident as gunshots were heard in the area. Traders and shopkeepers pulled down their shutters and traffic on roads gradually turned thin.

Earlier, near the Government Degree College in Qasba Colony a young man was wounded in firing. He received multiple bullet wounds and was taken to the Civil Hospital where doctors termed his condition critical.

A spokesperson for the Awami National Party said that the victim identified as Jawwad was their party activist and “targeted for his political association”.

A few hours later, two passengers of a minibus received gunshot wounds in firing on the minibus on Banaras flyover.

“The morning incident which left a political worker wounded caused some tension in the area and incidents of firing have been reported. We suspect that the bus passengers were hit in that firing, and it was not a specific attack on the bus,” said an official at the Peerabad police station.

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