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Violence claims eight more lives in Karachi

February 18, 2013


A policeman runs past a burning vehicle in Karachi. — Photo by AFP/File

KARACHI: Eight more people lost their lives in different incidents of violence in Karachi, the restive southern metropolis of Pakistan, DawnNews reported on Monday.

Enraged mobs took to the streets and blocked roads after setting ablaze several motorcycles when unidentified gunmen killed three people in the city’s Patel Para neighbourhood.

An exchange of fire was also witnessed between protesters and the police contingent, which reached the site after the incident.

The deceased are identified as Shah Noor, Imran and Abdul Rahim.

Meanwhile, two bodies with torture marks were found behind bushes near D.A apartments in Surjani Town. The dead are identified as Akhter Ali and Maqbool.

Another body was found from Machar Colony. The dead was reportedly kidnapped and tortured.

Two people were killed in separate incidents of gun fire in Baldia Town and Surjani Town’s Khuda ki Basti.

Karachi, a port city of some 20 million, has a long history of political, ethnic and religious strife.

Many of the killings in the financial capital of the country have been linked to gangs allegedly controlled by political parties.