A police constable and an MQM activist were the two people to fall prey to target killers on Tuesday
35-year-old Police Constable (PC), Ameen, was shot dead on Tuesday night at the Guru Mandir roundabout in the Jamshed Quarters police jurisdiction.
The policeman was posted at the Excise and Taxation Department of Sindh and was on his way home when two armed motorcyclists intercepted his vehicle and shot him once in the face. The assailants managed to flee from the scene of the crime.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jawed Mehar of District East said that the victim was rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), where he died during treatment.
The empty shells of 9mm bullets, recovered from the spot, were sent for forensic tests.
Investigators said that PC Ameen was yet another victim of the ongoing wave of target killing. They added that he resided in Block-13-D of Gulshan-i-Iqbal and was married.
In a separate case, 35-year-old MQM activist Noor Mohammed was gunned down in the Bohra Pir area of Eidgah.
Noor Mohammed was in the area for some work and was on his way home when two motorcyclists arrived at the scene, shot him and fled while leaving the victim in a critical condition.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Zahid Hussain of the Eidgah Division said that the victim was moved to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where he was pronounced dead.
The MQM activist suffered two bullet wounds to the upper torso. The police also found sent the empty 9mm bullet casings for forensic tests and the law enforcers said that Noor Mohammed was murdered in a targeted attack.
As news of Noor Mohammed’s death spread, trouble was witnessed in the area and armed men resorted to aerial firing and forced shops to close down. Meanwhile, members of the MQM reached the hospital and staged a protest to demand the arrest of the killers.
Bandit killed in encounter
The police claimed to have killed a suspected bandit during an encounter that took place in Sector 5/B of North Karachi.
The Khwaja Ajmer Police said that one of the mobile units, while on routine patrol, saw the bandit looting a man who had just withdrawn cash from an ATM machine in the area.
The bandit, appearing to be in his mid-thirties, allegedly opened fire at the police, who retaliated by shooting back and killing the man on the spot. The police seized the TT pistol used by the bandit and also recovered the stolen cash.
In another incident, three armed men barged into a minibus and start looting cash, mobile phones and other valuables from the passengers.
When the minibus reached Napier Road, a police mobile unit that was checking vehicles spotted the bandits. The armed men opened fire at the cops, who shot back and injured one of the bandits. However, his two accomplices managed to flee from the police.
The Napier police recovered looted valuables, cash and a TT pistol from the arrested man.
During initial interrogation, the injured disclosed that his name was Muhammad Sharif, but he did not reveal the identity of his accomplices to the police.