Two cops shot dead as target killers strike in Bahadurabad again
Following Thursday’s double murder, a total of eight policemen, including traffic cops, have now been killed in the city since August
Two policemen hailing from interior Sindh were gunned down in a targeted attack near the Char Minar Chowrangi in Bahadurabad on Thursday afternoon, taking to eight the total number of cops killed in the city since August this year.
The deceased were identified as Head Constable Abdul Ghaffar, 40, and Constable Pervez Ali Sher Marfani, 35.
According to the New Town police, both policemen were deployed at the Aga Khan picket and had been patrolling the area on a motorcycle. When they reached the Char Minar Chowrangi in Bahadurabad, unidentified armed who were also on motorcycles sprayed them with bullets and sped away.
The critically-injured policemen were being shifted to a hospital in a mobile of the New Town police when they breathed their last. An autopsy at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre confirmed that both policemen died from multiple bullet wounds to the chest.
SSP East Jawed Jiskani while talking to The News confirmed that both deceased policemen were posted at the New Town police station and were deployed at the picket near Aga Khan University Hospital. He said that Pervez belonged to Shikarpur, while Abdul Ghaffar was from Larkana.
The locality has turned quite dangerous in the past couple of months with repeated attacks in surrounding areas. An MNA of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Rashid Godil was attacked on August 17 when he left his home in Bahadurabad to go to Nine Zero, the day when Maulana Fazlur Rehman had arrived for negotiations with the party to withdraw their resignations.
On September 8, a satellite engineer of Geo News was killed while the driver of its DSNG van was injured when gunmen sprayed the vehicle with bullets outside a major departmental store in the area.
Traffic cops injured
Late on Thursday night, two traffic cops were injured in an attack within the Gulbahar police limits.
The cops, identified as Head Constable Mehdi and Head Constable Chandzeb, were in a rickshaw when they came under attack near the Rizvia Imambargah. They were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in critical condition where a MLO said that both were out of imminent danger.
Mehdi, said the MLO, was shot in the face, while Chandzeb received a bullet in his back.
SHO Gulbahar Aqeel told The News that both cops, posted at a traffic kiosk in Nazimabad, were in uniform when they were attacked.
As has been the case in the recent spate of attacks on traffic policemen, police said three empty 9mm shells were found at the crime scene.
Traffic cop found dead
Two dead bodies were found in different places on Thurdsay.
The decomposing body of a 35-year-old man, Rehman, was discovered in a plot near the Saddar Town Office.
According to police, the deceased was a former traffic cop and his body was spotted by a dweller of the area.
The body was taken to the Civil Hospital where a medico-legal officer said Rehman had died of strangulation. He said the murder appeared to have occurred three days ago.
Muhammad Shoaib, 45, was found dead in his residence in the Buffer Zone area.
Residents of the area informed police after smelling the stink coming from his house. The man lived alone in the house.
The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where a medico-legal officer said that the man had been strangulated.
He said that some torture marks were also found on the corpse, which was at least seven days old.
Police believed that Shoaib was killed over a property dispute.