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Police armored personnel carriers (APCs) stand guard to avoid any untoward incident during violence at Lyari area in Karachi —  File Photo

KARACHI: At least seven people including Station House Officer (SHO) of Civil Lines and two constables were killed along with 16 others wounded in Lyari on Saturday, in the consecutive second day of violence and unrest.

Sporadic firing incidents caused tension in different areas of Lyari, keeping the entire locality shut. SHO Civil Line Fawwad Khan and two police constables were killed and five other police officials were injured when unknown culprits hurled a hand grenade and opened fire on them at Kalakot.

A man in his mid twenties was shot dead near Gubool Park. Four people, including a woman, were shot dead near Cheel Chowk.

Exchange of fire between miscreants and police continued throughout the day. The police operation was started under the supervision of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam in the early hours of Friday in deep and narrow lanes of Lyari against criminal elements involved in gang war.

However, the police encountered severe resistance as criminal elements not only opened fire on them but also hurled hand grenades and used rocket propelled grenades.

On Friday about eight people were killed in the day long fighting between LEAs and criminal elements. At night there was decline in firing incidents in Lyari on Saturday it started again. Crime Investigation Department (CID), Frontier Constabulary (FC), Elite Force and police took part in the targeted operation.

Additional Inspector General (AIG) Akhtar Hussain Gorchani while talking to media said the operation will continue until criminal elements are eliminated.