Another nine people, including two policemen and three Muttahida Qaumi Movement activists, were killed in the city on Thursday. The ongoing wave of target killings has claimed 34 people, mostly activists of political parties, in the metropolis over the past five days.
In a brazen attack on the police late on Thursday night, four gunmen shot two policemen dead and wounded one other in Ittehad Town in the Moachko police remit.Police said a mobile van was on a routine patrol when the assailants riding on two motorcycles attempted to snatch an SMG from a cop. When the cop resisted, the gunmen opened fire, killing constables Muhammad Khan and Rafique Khan, and injuring ASI Jamil. The assailants managed to flee with the SMG.
The dead and the injured were taken to the Civil Hospital.Minutes later, two men riding on a motorcycle shot dead an Awami National Party (ANP) activist, Zaheer Khan, in Hassan Noman Colony in Sohrab Goth.
An MQM worker, Zafar, died when two motorcyclists opened fire on him in Buffer Zone in the Taimuria police limits. Another Muttahida activist, identified as Ali, was killed in a similar late-night shooting in Haryana Colony in Orangi Town.
Earlier in the day, the bullet-riddled body of MQM activist Muhammad Sharif, 25, was found in a gunny bag near a garbage dump in the Lines Area. The victim was a resident of Jet Line and had been kidnapped on Wednesday night.
In yet another incident of target killing, a 24-year-old Sunni Tehreek (ST) activist, Shahbaz Qadri, was gunned down by motorcyclists outside his residence in PECHS Block-2.
Another ST activist, Arghman Qadri, was found dead near Khudadad Colony Chowrangi. An eyewitness said the body, which was stuffed into a gunny bag, was thrown out of a moving car.
“The victims’ hands and legs had been tied with a rope. The body also bore several torture marks and numerous cuts that appear to have been made with a sharp-edged weapon. He had also been shot four times,” said MLO JPMC Razzaq Shaikh.
In Baldia Town, Nauroze Mehsud, 22, was riding in a vehicle when he was shot dead by motorcyclists. His body was taken to the Civil Hospital for legal formalities. Sufyan, 25, was killed and Mir Jan suffered injuries when gunmen on motorcycles shot them in the Nayabad area of Lyari.