KARACHI: Nine people, including a man and his teenaged son, were gunned down in the city in acts of violence on Sunday, police said.
They said that Anjum Ali Zaidi, 47, and his son Asif Ali Zaidi, 18, were targeted by assailants on a motorbike in a playground near Mehtab Chowk in Rais Amrohvi Colony within the remit of the Iqbal Market police station.
“The victims had a merry-go-round for children to ride on in the playground,” said Orangi Town SSP Ahmed Jamalur Rehman.
“Three assailants riding a motorcycle emerged there, fired multiple shots at them ad rode away.”
The wounded were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
DIG-West Javed Odho said that it appeared to be an incident of sectarian killing.
Tension gripped the Orangi Town area following the killings.
After the medico-legal formalities, the bodies were moved to the Imambargah Babul Ilm in North Nazimabad, where a large number of people attended their funeral prayers.
According to SSP Rehman, a brother of the elder Zaidi was killed in somewhat similar circumstances in 1995.
It was not the first incident in which members of one family were targeted on sectarian grounds.
On Jan 7, Maulana Asghar Illyas and his daughter Zainab were shot dead in the Federal B Area. On Sept 28, 2012, Nazar Abbas Zaidi was killed and his daughter Mehzar Zehra was wounded in an armed attack on Shaheed-i-Millat Road.
The same day, Ghulam Qadir and his son Fazal Abbas were gunned down in Baldia Town.
On Sep 26, Mohammad Raza and his two sons Kumail Raza and Ali Raza were gunned down in Lyari.
On Sept 25, four brothers — Abdul Farid, Abdul Wahid, Abdul Muqeet and Abdul Moeed — were gunned in North Karachi.
Two brothers killed
Two brothers were gunned down in their room in an apartment building in the Garden area on Sunday morning.
Police said the brothers — Gul Faraz and Aqeel — were watchmen of an apartment building in Shoe Market and lived in a room in the same building.
They said the two were asleep when unknown persons fired at them and fled. Hearing the gunshots, residents of the building reached there and shifted them to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.
The police said that it appeared that the motive for the killing was some personal enmity, as both men originally hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Waiter shot dead in DHA
A restaurant worker was shot dead and two others were wounded when armed men, said to be customers at an eatery, opened fire in the Defence Phase II on Sunday evening, police said.
They said that unknown customers had an altercation with one of the waiters over the bill amount. During the altercation, one of them fired indiscriminately and the bullets hit the waiter and two others who came for the dinner. The armed men escaped.
The wounded waiter was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where he died during treatment. He was identified as Mohammad Ramzan.
Man shot dead in Manghopir
A young man was shot dead in the Manghopir area on Sunday evening.
Police said that the incident took place near Manghopir Mazar where armed men riding a motorcycle fired at a motorcyclist and fled.
The victim died on the spot. The body was later shifted to the Civil Hospital.
Killing in Khokhrapar
A young man was shot dead in the Khokhrapar area on Sunday evening.
Police said that the incident took place in Khokhrapar No 5 where assailants riding a motorcycle fired at a man, said to be sitting a pan cabin, and rode away.
The victim died before he could be taken to a hospital. Later, the police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
The victim was identified as Nasi.
The police were not immediately sure about his political affiliation.
Body found in gunny bag
The bullet-riddled body of an unidentified young man was found in the Hussainabad area within the remit of the Azizabad police station on Sunday evening.
Police said that the body was stuffed in a gunny bag. The victim had been shot in the head.
Charred body found
The body of an unidentified man was found in the Manghopir area on Sunday morning.
Police said that the charred body was found behind a cement factory located in the area.
They said it appeared that the victim had been shot and later the body was set on fire in an attempt to hide his identity.
The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for a post-mortem examination.
Man, son wounded in attack
A man and his son were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Sunday evening, police said.
They said that assailants riding a motorbike intercepted a car on Abul Hasan Ispahani Road, opened fire and rode away. Two occupants of the car were wounded in the attack and were rushed to a nearby private hospital for treatment.
The victim son was identified as Ahsan Zaidi, said to be the chairman of a labour body affiliated with the ruling party.
No further details were available till our filing of this report.