KARACHI: At least six policemen were killed in separate attacks on their vans in Landhi area of the city on Saturday.
According to reports, unidentified men, riding motorcycles, attacked a police van near Afaq House with a hand grenade and opened fire on the other.
The attacks left six policemen wounded who later succumbed to the injuries at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
The dead included Assistant Sub-inspector Naeem, Asim Ahmad, Khalil, Javaid, Fida Hussain and Asif Khan.
A sub-inspector was also critically wounded in the attack and was admitted to intensive care unit of hospital, police said.
“The first van that was attacked was of Sindh Reserve Police (SRP) and it was stationed near Afaq House. The second van was of Landhi Police Station and it was attacked near Ghazi Hotel,” said Landhi SP Faisal Noor. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah condemned the attacks on police and directed Sindh IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch to present a report about the violence.
In other incidents of violence, seven people – including a policeman and two political workers – were killed in the city on Saturday.
An assistant sub-inspector was shot dead in Taiser Town in the jurisdiction of Surjani Town Police Station.
Police said the policeman, Sabir Ali, was sitting at a hair salon when unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire on him and fled. An injured Sabir Ali was rushed to hospital but he died there. Sabir Ali had been part of the team of the slain CID SP, Chaudhry Aslam, and also took part in a security operation against a political party in the 1990s.
Separately, a worker of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and a boy were shot dead near Sindhi Hotel in the Liaquatabad Police Station precincts. Police said the dead were identified as Ayaz and 10-year-old boy Ishaq. Police added Ayaz was a security guard of a PPP leader and had also served at Bilawal House. He was associated with the PPP’s PS-107 sector.
Police said that unidentified men on a motorbike targeted Ayaz when he came out of his house after receiving a phone call. A passer-by, Ishaq, was also killed in the attack. DSP Wajahat Hussain said that one of the attackers was also wounded by the firing of the deceased PPP worker but he managed to escape along with his accomplice. Police have, however, obtained footage of the incident and started investigation.
An activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was also gunned down in Orangi Town. Police said the victim, Sabir, was fired upon by unidentified men riding a motorcycle. His body was later taken to hospital for autopsy. Police said Sabir worked in the Fire Department. The motive behind his killing could not be ascertained while investigation was underway, police said.
Meanwhile, two bodies of men were found from near Rasbella Bridge in the Gulbahar Police Station precincts. Police said that one of the dead was identified as Bubli, a resident of C-1 area of Liaquatabad. A police official said that unidentified people first kidnapped the two and threw their bullet-riddled bodies.
A manager of a factory was killed by “accidental firing” in New Karachi industrial area. aPolice said the deceased, identified as Mansoor Islam, was killed when a security guard “mistakenly fired a bullet while cleaning his gun”. Police further said that the security guard had been detained and investigation was underway.
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