Four people, including an alleged Taliban leader and a government officer, were murdered in the city, police said on Friday.
Thirty-five-year-old Hatim Mehsud, believed to be an “ameer” of the Taliban’s Hakimullah group, was shot dead and four others in Gulshan-e-Buner, Quaidabad.
SHO Idrees Bangash said six men riding motorcycles opened fire on Mehsud, also wounding four passers-by.
The police officer said Mehsud had suffered seven bullet wounds including one to the head. “After examining the empty bullet shells found at the crime scene, we have ascertained that the attackers used 9mm pistols,” he added.
The four other people injured in the attack, Nasrullah, Zahid Khan, Mian Khan and Ibrar, were admitted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and in a stable condition now.
“Hatim Mehsud was an ameer of the Taliban’s Hakimullah group and had arrived in Karachi from Waziristan,” the SHO said.
Police investigators told The News that Mehsud was murdered by the rival Taliban faction, the Waliur Rehman group.
The two groups had become rivals over some differences. The enmity intensified after Taliban leader Waliur Rehman was killed in a drone strike in Waziristan a few months ago.
The investigators added that the Waliur Rehman group had killed around 10 or 15 men belonging to the Hakimullah group in Karachi – including Khasta Gul, a senior member, in Sohrab Goth recently.
Following Mehsud’s murder, Malir police conducted a raid in Quaidabad and arrested three suspects. They were shifted to the investigation unit for interrogation.
KDA officer killed
A Karachi Development Authority (KDA) officer was gunned down in Zaman Town, Korangi 2½.
SHO Sarfraz Gondal said two men riding a motorcycle fired gunshots at 50-year-old Jabbar Mangi’s car in the afternoon when he was returning home from work, killing him and injuring his driver.
The police officer added Mangi lived in Malir and was the director of the KDA’s Awami Colony office. Mangi’s injured driver was admitted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. The SHO said Mangi was shot in the head and chest with a 9mm pistol.
Police investigators said they would try to figure out whether Mangi’s murder was linked to his job or the crime was motivated by some other reason.
Two killed in Lyari
A suspected gangster, associated with the Lyari-based Sheraz Comrade gang, and a passerby were killed in a police encounter on Mir Muhammad Baloch Road in Lyari. Three other people were also injured in the shoot-out.
Law enforcers had been raiding the hideouts of gangsters for the past one week and the criminal groups were upset with the police, who was earlier seen as “a demoralised force”, SP Lyari Shahnawaz Khan said.
When the police raided a hideout of the Comrade group, the criminals attacked the Baghdadi police station with automatic weapons and rifle-grenades in retaliation, he said. However, the Rangers reached to assist the police.
The ensuing encounter claimed the lives of a gangster and a passerby. The dead were identified as Abdul Haq and Shahid Ismail.
Khan claimed the pedestrian was killed by the gangsters enraged by the death of their accomplice.
Three people, identified as Soomar, Abdul Qadeer and Abdul Ghaffar, were injured in the shootout. They were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi.
Eyewitnesses said a Baghdadi police van was returning to the police station when an accomplice of Comrade, Shahrukh who sells smuggled Iranian oil and petroleum products, attacked the law enforcers assuming they were going to raid his hideout.
Ahmed Niazi, a resident, said the police stations of Baghdadi and Kalri were besieged when the Rangers came to their rescue and attacked the gangsters, who fled from the scene.
Following the encounter, Rangers and police jointly launched a search operation in Chakiwara, Musa Lane, Saifee Lane and their adjoining areas and arrested some people. The number of suspects detained or their identities were not disclosed.