Cop among eight gunned down in Karachi
IANS ISLAMABAD ATleast eight people, including a police officer, have been gunned down in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi in separate incidents, the Dawn reported on Sunday. Assistant sub inspector of police Aslam was injured on Saturday after an unidentified man shot him in the head in Gulshan-e-Iqbal town. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. In another incident, a man was shot dead in Sohrab Goth’s Al- Asif Square. A police van was attacked near Hassan square area, injuring two policemen.
Earlier in the day, three people were shot dead in Karachi’s Kati Pahari area after unidentified armed assailants opened fire, said police. The deceased were later identified as Muzamil, 25, Riaz, 30, and Ghayas Shah, 40. Two of them belonged to a political party.
The killings evoked tension in the area and angry protesters torched two motorbikes. In another incident, three bodies were found near Metro cinema area, Surjani town and Araam Bagh. The victims were kidnapped and later shot dead.
Police and rangers later carried out a flag march in different areas following the killings on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, militants attacked a Pakistani military convoy in the country’s troubled northwest on Sunday, injuring three soldiers, officials said, a day after a US drone strike killed 10 insurgents. The attack triggered a gun battle that raged for more than two hours near Miramshah, the main town in the notorious militant stronghold of North Waziristan, with troops killing at least three militants, tribal police official Taj Mohammed said. Security officials confirmed the clash while witnesses said helicopters were seen circling overhead. The convoy came under attack from about a dozen militants armed with rockets and automatic rifles, officials said, and followed a US drone strike on a militant compound in North Waziristan on Saturday in which at least 10 insurgents were killed.