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Pakistan: Four policemen among 13 gunned down in Karachi


KARACHI, (The News): The dreaded cold-blooded triggermen, who had been targeting the unarmed citizenry for so long, now seem to have cops on their hit-lists too as on Tuesday there were at least four policemen among those 13 people who were shot to death in Karachi, Geo News reported.

Among the dead were policemen and a Dubai-based businessman. Thus the brief calm the city had seen in target killings during the last four days was shattered and the sense of fear again engulfed the metropolis.

A businessman based in Dubai, Samiullah, 45, and a suspect Adnan were shot dead while another suspect was arrested in an injured condition from the FB Industrial Area (FBIA) police remits. The incident occurred near the Sohrab Goth Bridge on Tuesday evening.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), District Central, Amir Farooqi, told Geo News that Samiullah was a resident of Nusrat Bhutto Colony, North Nazimabad. On Tuesday evening, he left home to drop his relative at the Jinnah International Airport in his car.

On his way to the airport, when he was at the Sohrab Goth Bridge, four armed men riding on two motorcycles started chasing him. When the assailants opened fire on Sami, he accelerated the car. Near the Caltex Petrol Pump, the assailants succeeded in intercepting his car and again opened fire. In the meantime, a Head Constable (HC) of District Central, deployed at the petrol pump, after witnessing the targeted attack, opened fire in the air. The panicked assailants opened fired at the constable, who retaliated. During the encounter, the constable managed to apprehend two suspects in injured condition while the remaining two fled from the spot leaving behind their motorcycles.

The injured were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where the businessman Samiullah and apprehended terrorist Adnan expired while the other one survived. SSP Farooqi said that on the brave act by the HC, the public present at the scene picked him up on shoulders and also torched the two motorcycles of the accused persons.

He added that the injured accused had been identified as Asif and the police had recovered two 9mm pistols from their possession. He said it was early to confirm the association of accused persons. A case was reported and investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, in the Defence area, armed men gunned down two Police Constables (PC) Jawed Khan and Imran on Tuesday night. The incident happened near the D-Mart, Phase-1 DHA. Sub-Inspector (SI), Taj, of Defence Police Station said that PC Jawed and PC Imran were present near the D-Mart when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire at them and fled.

The injured policemen were moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where during treatment PC Jawed and PC Imran breathed their last. The deceased had received multiple bullet wounds on their upper torso, which became the cause of their death. The attackers used 9mm pistols in the offence and spent bullet shells were sent to the Sindh Police laboratory.

The deceased PC Jawed was posted at the National Accountability Bureau Police Station while PC Imran at Boat Basin Police Station. Both the constables were residents of the Hazara Colony. Investigators termed the double murder of policemen as part of target killings.

Another targeted attack at the police occurred within the Nazimabad police remits where Sub-Inspector (SI) Abid Hussain and another junior policeman were killed while PC Gulzar was injured.

SSP Amir Farooqi of District Central said that SI Abid and PC Gulzar were posted at the Nazimabad Police Station and were present on security duty near the Anu Bahi Park, Nazimabad on Tuesday night when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on them. The injured were rushed to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where SI Abid succumbed to his injuries while PC Gulzar survived. The attackers used 9mm pistol in the targeted attack, SSP Farooqi added.

Ijaz, 35, was shot dead in Nazimabad police limits. The incident occurred near the Hamdard Dawakhana, Nazimabad No-3, on Tuesday afternoon.

SP Chaudhry Asad of Liaquatabad Division said that Ijaz was a resident of Nazimabad and had left home for some work when fired at. The injured was taken to the ASH where he expired. The deceased received bullet wounds on his chest. The attackers again used a 9mm pistol in the offence. Investigators termed the murder of Ijaz part of target killings and added that he was associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Another MQM worker, Shafqat Ali, was shot dead in Landhi police remits. SP Abdul Qayyum Pitafi of Landhi Division said that Ali was a resident of Landhi and a worker of the MQM. On Tuesday night, he was attacked at a barbershop. He died at the JPMC. The deceased had received bullet wounds on his torso, which became the cause of his death. Once again, a 9mm pistol was used in the killing.

In the Sharafi Goth area, armed men gunned down Mohammed Asghar, 22. The incident occurred during the wee hours of Tuesday near Darul Aloom, Korangi. Police said that the deceased Asghar was a labourer by profession and a resident of Korangi. The deceased, a resident of Multan, received two bullet wounds on his face, which killed him.

Meanwhile, two tortured and bullet-riddled bodies were found from Memon Goth police limits. The bodies were found lying near the Malir River, Jaam Goth, on Tuesday morning.

Police said that on receipt of information, a team went to the spot and shifted the bodies to the JPMC for postmortem. During investigation, it was found that the deceased were kidnapped from some unknown place by accused who after brutal torture, shot and killed them and threw their bodies in the area. The deceased persons had five bullet wounds on torsos, which became the cause of their deaths.

In addition to that a man was gunned down in Kaghazi Bazaar area of Khradar.

Another report from Nazimabad said, unknown men threw out the dead body of a man from a moving vehicle near Chawala Market and sped away.

Moreover a minorís tortured dead body was recovered from near Native Jetty Bridge.

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