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10 killed in Karachi violence

12 November, 2012

KARACHI: Unabated wave of sectarian violence claimed lives of 10 more people, including five Shias, in separate incidents in the metropolis on Sunday. Most parts of the city remained closed during armed clashes between rival sectarian groups.

Three Shias were shot dead in Sector 11/1 Orangi Town near Islam Chowk. SHO Ghulam Nabi said at least six men on three bikes opened fire at a wheel assembling shop, as a result of which four men received critical bullets wounds. The injured were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced three dead, while the fourth was said to be in critical condition. The SHO said all victims belonged to the same family.

Another Shia man was gunned down within the Soldier Bazaar Police Station precincts. SHO Amjad Kiyani said the victim was standing outside his house when two armed riders shot him dead.

Shortly after, another man from the same sect was gunned down in Jamshed Quarters police remits. He was identified as Mukhtiar Zaidi. The victim was the elder brother of a reporter of a private TV channel

A prayer leader was killed inside a mosque at Sultanabad in Manghopir area. Police said a man, reportedly from the Mehsud tribe, entered Jama Masjid Taqwa and later shot dead prayer leader of the mosque and fled. He said the victim was identified as Haroon. He said initial investigation suggested the TPP was behind the incident.

Separately, a man was gunned down outside his house at Khyber Chowk, Baldia, a shopkeeper was killed in Banaras area, and an unidentified man was gunned down in Sohrab Goth. A man injured in Saturday's violence in FC area succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Meanwhile, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif expressing concern over the incidents of target killings in Karachi demanded the federal government utilise its full force and resources to crush those playing with the lives of innocent people in Karachi and restore a peaceful and safe environment in the city.

Nawaz said the federal and provincial governments had failed in bringing the situation under control. He said the entire nation was shocked and perturbed over the increasing bloodshed, adding it is everyone's responsibility to save the city of lights from lawlessness.

He also appealed to all political parties, religious groups, clerics, intellectuals, media and civil society to play their role for restoring peace in Karachi.

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