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Pakistan: Eight, including five policemen, killed in Karachi violence

3rd Aug 2013

KARACHI, (Dawn): At least eight people, including five policemen, were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

Unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire targeting a police mobile deployed for duty at the bridge linking Shah Faisal colony area of the city with the Korangi Industrial Area.

Three policemen were killed on the spot whereas another law enforcer succumbed to his wounds while under going treatment at a hospital, according to rescue officials.

All victims were shifted to the Jinnah Hospital.

Senior police officer Tahir Naveed said investigators found the policemen’s bodies inside their vehicle, which had been sprayed with pistol and rifle bullets.

Naveed said the overnight attack seemed intended to demoralise the police forces.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan condemned the incident and sought a report on it from the Inspector General of Sindh Police within 48 hours.

Moreover, another policeman was killed in a shooting incident in Karachi’s Manghopir area.

Similarly three people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence which occurred in the city’s Orangi Town area, on the Abul Hassan Isfahani road and in Malir’s Memon Goth.

Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Militants are said to use the city as a hiding place and a source of funds obtained through bank heists, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.


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