Target killing in Karachi claims six more lives
* Two activists of banned SSP among dead
* Panic grips violence-hit localities
By Atif Raza
KARACHI: Six people, including two activists of a banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and a Kachhi Rabita Council worker, were gunned down in different incidents of target killing in Karachi on Thursday.
Two real brothers, who were also activists of banned outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), were shot dead in target killing at Manzoor Colony within the limits of Baloch Colony police station. Kamran and Khalid were sitting at their furniture showroom when unidentified armed men shot them dead.
The bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities.
Spokesman Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), formerly known as SSP, Maulana Taj Mohammad Hanfi said both victims were the active members of their organisation.
In other incident, an activist of Kachhi Rabita Council was shot dead within the limits of Surjani police station. The incident took place near Rehmania Mosque when unidentified armed men kidnapped the council activist and shot him dead. The victim was later identified as Zubair alias Bobby.
Tension gripped Kachhi dominated areas in Lyari where the council activists chanted slogans against Lyari gangsters and demanded of the government to arrest the killers with immediate effect. Police have registered a case against unidentified men.
Meanwhile, two people were shot dead in the jurisdiction of Surjani police station. Police found two bodies of the men from Block E, Gulshan Surjani, Gadap Town, which were abandoned by unidentified culprits. SHO Mussadiq Rafique said both victims, who appeared to be Afghanis, received multiple bullets, adding that one victim, aged about 23, wore a green Shalwar Kameez while other was dressed in a blue Shalwar Kameez.
Separately, a body of a young man was found from a drain in Azizabad. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. Police found his body from a drain at Block 3, FB area. The body was shifted to the ASH for an autopsy.
Police said the victim was about 28-year-old and his body bore several torture marks. Tension prevailed in those areas where target-killing incidents occurred, while people were forced to stay homes.