KARACHI: At least five people were killed and four others injured in separate incidents of violence in the city on Monday.
Three people were killed in a firing incident at Malir 15.
Police said two extortionists came to the meat market at Malir 15 and demanded money from a shopkeeper, who refused to pay and instead opened fire on the extortionists. During the exchange of fire from both sides, an extortionist died on the spot while two passers-by were also killed in the incident.
The other extortionist fled after leaving his bike. Police seized his bike and began investigation into the incident.
The passers-by were identified as Karim, son of Essa, and Haji Noor Mohammad, son of Yousuf. The extortionist could not be identified until the filing of this report.
The bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
Later, the shopkeepers staged a protest at Malir 15 and demanded that the police should provide protection to the traders.
In another incident, unidentified armed men opened fire at a rickshaw at the mobile market in Saddar, killing 35-year-old Abdul Samad Tabani, son of Mohammad Ali. The victim had a shop at the mobile market. The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy.
Later, the shopkeepers at mobile market shut their businesses in protest against the killing and demanded that the government provide security to the business community.
Talking to PPI, Karachi Electronics and Small Traders Association President Mohmmad Rizwan said that the victim had a shop at the mobile market and had no enmity with anyone. He said that the incident occurred in the high-security zone of the city, while the attackers easily escaped.
He also condemned the firing incident at Malir 15 meat market and said that the government had failed to stop extortionists and other criminal elements from threatening the traders.
Separately, unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire in the Khada Market area, killing 25-year-old Raheel, son of Usman. The body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for an autopsy.
Unidentified armed motorcyclists hurled a hand grenade in Sher Shah, injuring two people. The injured were identified as Fahim, son of Kamil, and Jan Mohammad, son of Gul Mohammad. They were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man was shot and injured by unidentified men in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. The victim was identified as Ali, son of Deen Mohammad. He was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment.
In another incident, Atif, 35, son of Nimru, sustained bullet wounds inside a house in Defence Phase-II. The injured person was a security guard and sustained bullet wounds when his gun accidentally went off. He was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment.
Meanwhile, police claimed to have arrested 61 accused and recovered arms and drugs from them during the last 24 hours.
The police and CIA conducted 82 raids and were engaged in three encounters, during which they arrested 61 accused including eight absconders and an extortionist. They recovered 14 pistols, revolvers and mousers, a rifle and drugs from them.
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