KARACHI: At least eight people, including four of one family and a police constable were shot dead in the city on Sunday.
The first incident took place in early hours of Sunday, when armed gangsters barged into a house situated in Mauripur and shot dead four family members, including the family's head, 45-year-old Muzaffar. Others killed were his wife Shazia, 40, and his two sons Sameer, 10, and Imran, 20. Muzaffar's eldest daughter, 18-year-old Muniza was injured; however, other two daughters and a son between the ages of five and seven years, remained safe in the incident.
The bodies and injured were taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi for examination after death from where the injured girl was referred to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH).
"The gangsters, fully drunk, took the family members as hostages on gunpoint; subjected me and my brother to gang rape on gunpoint and later tried to take us away with them," said the victims' relative Muhammad Shahid while quoting Muniza.
Muniza, 18, who was married recently, had arrived to visit her parents when she faced the tragedy. She survived and was currently admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at ASH.
Members were Urdu-speaking and the head of the family ran a paan shop in the area. Since the family wasn't financially stable, they shifted to their new rented two-room house about two months ago in Mauripur.
Police officials said the area was a stronghold of Lyari gangsters but it was difficult to identify one particular group involved.
Police have also recorded the statement of the couple's injured daughter but could not lodge an FIR as doctors advised she was unfit. Her initial statement suggests that the gang members raped and killed other members. The officer said that a medical check-up of the deceased woman, and the injured have also been carried out to re-confirm the claims made by the couple's injured daughter.
Following the incident, many relatives and victims' neighbours staged a protest against the incident by surrounding Mauripur police station. They demanded a strict action should be taken against those involved.
Meanwhile, a police constable was shot dead near Gulshan Chowrangi within the limits of Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station.
Police said Mohammad Saeed, 50, son of Mohammad Aslam, left the police station, when armed riders targeted him and killed him on the spot. His body was taken to hospital for autopsy. His funeral prayers were offered at Police Headquarters, Garden and later the body was taken to his hometown, Hazara division, for burial. A case has been registered against unidentified persons.
Separately, a man was killed and two others injured in an armed attacked at a restaurant in Sindhi Muslim Society, within the vicinity of Ferozabad police station. Police said unidentified armed men on motorcycles shot bullets at three men. As a result, Waqar, 35, died and two others, Naseem and Vikram were wounded.
Police said the deceased worked as a waiter while the injured worked as a sweeper at a restaurant. Police suspect that the incident apparently took place over personal enmity, however, further investigations are underway.
Similarly, a fisherman was shot dead in Jumma Goth, within the jurisdiction of Ibrahim Hyderi police station.
According to the police, 17-year-old Saifullah alias Munna, son of Qasim, was standing near his house when armed motorcyclists shot him dead. The motive behind the incident has not been ascertained yet. Meanwhile, further investigations are underway according to the police.
Body found: An unidentified body of a young man, stuffed in a gunny bag was found from Pak Colony. Police shifted the body to a morgue.
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