KARACHI, Jan 15: A young man was shot dead in what appeared to be an attack on sectarian grounds in Surjani Town on Tuesday evening, police said.

They said that assailants riding a motorbike fired at Asghar Ali Shah when he was coming out of his house in Surjani Town’s Sector 7-A and rode away.

While Surjani SHO Ejaz Rajpar was not sure whether it was a sectarian killing, a spokesman for the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that it was a sectarian attack as the victim was among the founding members of an annual Muharram procession in the area.

Condemning the killing, he said that the victim, father of four, had survived an assassination attempt about a year ago.

Following the incident, tension gripped parts of Surjani Town.

One killed, two wounded in Sohrab Goth A man was killed and two others were wounded when armed men opened indiscriminate fire on an eatery in Sohrab Goth on Tuesday.

Police said that Sardar Shaikh, 25, Naqeebullah, 26 and Hussain Deen, 26 were sitting at the eatery near Indus Plaza when they came under an armed attack.

They said that the wounded men were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where Sardar was pronounced dead while two others were admitted for treatment.

The police suspected that the attack was an outcome of some personal enmity.

They said that the three men had recently come here from Afghanistan.

Tea shop worker shot dead An employee of a roadside tea shop was shot dead in North Karachi on Tuesday.

Police said that armed men riding a motorcycle targeted Abdul Qadeem, 35, at the Quetta Unnabi Hotel, the tea shop, within the remit of the Khawaja Ajmer Nagri police station.

The victim was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he died during treatment.

Police were not sure about the motive for the killing. They suspected that it might have been related to some personal enmity.

KMC driver shot dead, friend wounded A man was shot dead and his companion was wounded in an armed attack near Qalandria Chowk in a North Nazimabad locality on Tuesday.

Shahrah-i-Noor Jahan SHO Nisar Lodhi said that two armed riders fired shots at Attaur Rehman, 35, and Shabbir, 31, and escaped. They sustained bullet wounds and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Atta died during treatment.

The wounded man told the police that he and his friend had gone to the Sakhi Hasan graveyard to attend a funeral. They were targeted on their way back home, he added. The deceased was father of two and worked in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation as driver.

Woman dies from burn injuries An elderly woman died after she caught fire while cooking at her Bihar Colony house on Tuesday, police said. A duty officer at the Chakiwara police station said that 53-year-old Zainab, wife of Sattar, was busy making a meal in the afternoon when her clothes caught fire. She suffered serious burn injuries and was rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi where she died during treatment.

She was 70 per cent burnt, said hospital sources.

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