KARACHI: Seven men, including a prayer leader associated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), were shot dead in different parts of the city since Friday, police and hospital sources said on Saturday.
They said that Noorul Bashar, 28, was the prayer leader of the Muhammedia Islamia Masjid in Orangi Town and a resident of nearby Bengali Para.
The police said that the victim along with two others was sitting near a cigarette cabin when two motorcyclists opened fire on them.
They said that the prayer leader died instantly and two others, Maulana Saleem Ullah and Shoaib, sustained bullet wounds.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where medico-legal sources said that the victim was shot in the head from a very close range as the bullet went through his skull.
The wounded were later shifted to the Liaquat National Hospital where they were stated to be in a stable condition.
A spokesman for the ASWJ stated that the victim was also a local leader of the party, while Maulana Saleem Ullah was a member of mosque committee.
He said that the ASWJ would observe a protest day on Sunday.
MQM man killed
A young man was killed and his brother wounded in an attack on them on Jahangir Road within the remit of the Jamshed Quarters police station.
The police said Sharafat Ali and Mubarak Ali, sons of Shabaan Ali, were at an air-conditioner and refrigerator repair shop where two motorcyclists came and sprayed them with bullets.
They said that Sharafat died instantly and his younger brother sustained critical bullet wounds.
The body and the wounded were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi where sources said that deceased sustained four bullets and his brother sustained three bullet wounds.
The police said that they had collected 18 spent bullet casings from the spot.
They said that the two brothers, residents of PIB Colony, were employed in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and they worked part time at the repair shop.
The two brothers were stated to be affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
Killings in Orangi
A 23-year-old man was shot dead in Orangi Town within the remit of the Iqbal Market police station.
The police said that the victim, Waqar Ahmed aka Vicky, son of Syed Nisar Ahmed, was affiliated with a banned religious outfit. He was a tailor by profession.
They said that the victim was targeted by two motorcyclists who rode away after their swift operation.
A 28-year-old man was shot dead within the remit of the same police station. The victim was identified as Shabbir Ahmed, who was targeted near his house at Islam Nagar.
The police said that two motorcyclists killed the young man who dealt in shopping bags.
Man shot dead in F. B. Area
Motorcyclists shot dead a 30-year-old man, Waseem Zafar, in Block 11 of Federal B. Area within the remit of the Gulberg police station.
Witnesses said that the victim was sitting with his friends near his house when attackers opened fire on him. They said that one of the attackers also stabbed the victim when he fell down after being shot.
The police said that he was a former worker of a political party.
‘Gangster’ killed in attack
A 32-year-old man, who had recently come out of jail after serving over a two-and-half-year term, was shot dead near Al-Makka hotel at Secor 5-B in Surjani Town.
The police said that Mirza Sabir Baig, son of Mirza Saleem Baig, was talking to someone on his cellular phone when two motorcycles targeted him.
They said that the attackers rode away after their swift operation and the victim died before he could be shifted to hospital.
The police said that the man was involved in several criminal cases including murder.
They said that the victim was apparently killed by his gangland opponents.
Youth shot dead by fleeing bandits
A 25-year-old man was killed when one of the fleeing robbers opened fire in Federal B. Area.
The police said that two robbers were decamping with the booty after looting a fresh milk shop at Samanabad when people caught hold of one of them.
They said that the one of them opened fire and a bullet hit Muhammad Yousuf son of Illahi, who died instantly.
Onlookers and passers-by became enraged and brutally tortured the captured suspect who was later taken into custody by the police.
The police said that the victim ran a tyre mending shop in front of the robbed milk shop and he was shot when he attempted to grab one of the fleeing dacoits.
The arrested suspect was identified as Amir, hailing from Punjab.
In Surjani Town, the body of a 30-year-old man was found in the bushes at a desolate place near Northern Bypass within the remit of the Surjani Town police station.
The police shifted the body to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was identified as Adnan, son of Haji Akram, hailing from Balochistan.
Medico-legal sources said that the young man was strangled.
The police suspected personal enmity as a likely motive for the murder.
A 25-year-old woman was found strangled in her house in Sector 11-B of North Karachi.
The victim was identified as Sonia, wife of Muhammed Nawaz.
Her body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where medico-legal sources said that the woman was strangulated and her body also bore marks of torture.They said that the post-mortem report was reserved.
The police said that the body was later handed over to the victim’s family, who would contact them after burial for lodging an FIR.
The body of a young man was found in the underground water tank of an under-construction building near Makki Masjid.
The Nabi Bux police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital for autopsy and later moved to the Edhi’s morgue at Sohrab Goth as the victim remained unidentified.
Medico-legal sources said that the victim was clad in shalwar-qameez and he appeared to be in his mid-20s.