Youth killed by ‘rival group’, 4 others found dead

* Eight Elite Force officials injured as their vehicles bump into each other on The Mall
Youth killed by ‘rival group’, 4 others found dead

LAHORE: A 24-year-old youth was gunned down by two unidentified motorcyclists, while four other people were found dead in different incidents in the provincial capital on Monday.
In the first incident, the deceased was identified as Shahbaz, a resident of Ganj Bazaar, Jehangir Road. Police said that the victim was near his house on Sunday night when two bike riders approached and fired straight shot at him. 
Upon being informed, a number of locals and family members reached the crime scene and took the injured to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed. 
Police said that it was a targeted killing because the deceased had a clash going on with a local group. Police have registered a case against the accused persons on the complaint of the deceased’s brother, with no arrests made so far. The body was sent to the city mortuary for an autopsy.
In another incident, a 40-year-old trader of Azam Cloth Market was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a guesthouse in the Faisal Town police area. Police suspect that it might have been a case of poisonous liquor or an overdose.
The deceased has been identified as Liaqat, a resident of Okara. Police said that the victim was living with his second wife in Faisal Town. The investigation officer said that the man was found unconscious in the room of a guesthouse situated in P-Block, Faisal Town. He said that the victim was taken to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. 
He said that the police handed over the body to his heirs after fulfilling the legal formalities. 
Separately, three men were found dead in the Bhatti Gate, Ichhra and Shadbagh police areas.
The police said that the men, yet to be identified, were found lying dead on the roadsides. 
Some passers-by spotted the bodies and contacted the police. The police investigators believed that the men were drug addicts, but the actual cause of the death would be ascertained after post-mortem reports. The police have moved the bodies to the morgue for autopsies.
Also, eight officials of the Elite Force were injured when two vehicles of the prime minister’s convoy rammed into each other on The Mall near the Canal Road.
Sources said that the collision took place as the PM was leaving Alhamra Hall, where he had a meeting with senior journalists. 
They said that the driver of a jammer vehicle (blocking mobile phone signals) lost control over it and collided with another vehicle coming from behind, carrying personnel of the Elite Force. As a result, eight personnel were injured, while the vehicles were substantially damage. 
The injured were rushed to the Services Hospital for medical treatment, where their condition is said to be stable.
Upon being informed about the incident, Elite Force DIG Rai Tahir, DIG (Operations) Abdul Jabbar and other senior police officials reached the hospital and inquired about the condition of the injured officials. The DIG (operations) told the media that the best medical facilities were being provided to all the injured officials.

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