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November 11, 2012

15 more killed in Karachi violence

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November 11, 2012

KARACHI: Less than 24 hours after the Sindh government announced a ban on pillion riding in the city, terrorists on motorcycles wreaked havoc in the city on Saturday, killing 15 people, including five students of a Madrassah and an activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), in separate incidents.
Five of those killed were students of the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom situated in Block 2 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
They were identified as Habib Ahmed, 22, Mohibullah, 25, Khalid, Mohammed Imran, Shams Rehman and Hakeem.
Eleven others, mostly students of the same Jamia, sustained injuries in the attack.
The students came under attack when they were having tea on Saturday evening at the Quetta Shandar Hotel just across from the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Gulshan Division Farhat Kamal confirmed that the deceased and the injured were students of the Jamia Ahsanul Uloom.
He said that the students had been having tea as per their daily routine when six to seven men riding on three motorcycles appeared, opened fire on them and fled.
Soon after the firing incident, other students of the Madrassah rushed to the spot and took their fellow students to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Rab Medical Centre, Patel Hospital and the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in private vehicles and ambulances. Other people also helped the students shift the victims to these hospitals.
SDPO Kamal said that the police had surveyed the crime scene to avert loss of evidence. They found more than 25 spent bullet shells of 9mm pistols from the scene of the crime. According to the witnesses, the terrorists were wearing jeans and shirts.
The deceased had died at different hospitals, and their bodies were later sent to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
Police termed the attack a targeted one, saying that the main target of the terrorists had been the students of the Madrassah.
They said that it seemed that some banned outfit had been behind

the attack with the motive to ignite sectarian tension in the city. Most of the students killed had come to the city from upcountry to acquire Islamic learning.
The MLO of JPMC, Kaleem Sheikh, said that the hospital had received six bodies and six injured. He added that the youngsters had received multiple bullet wounds in their upper torso.
Tension gripped the area after the terrorist attack and some people resorted to aerial firing. Students and administrators of the Madrassah came out onto the streets and protested against the killings.
In another incident of targeted killnig, Mohammed Irfan, area president of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) of North Nazimabad, was shot near the Board Office Chowarngi in North Nazimabad.
SP of North Nazimabad Division, Khurram Waris, said that Irfan, a resident of Mujahid Colony in North Nazimabad, had been on his way home on Saturday evening when two armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him and fled.
Mohammed Irfan was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he breathed his last. The deceased had received four bullet wounds in his upper torso. Police found spent bullets of 9mm pistol from the scene of the crime.
Investigators termed the murder of Irfan as part of the wave of target killings in the city.
Activists and leaders of the ASWJ staged a protest demonstration at the hospital and accused a rival group of having murdered their worker.
In yet another incident of targeted killing, two journalists of a weekly magazine, Rohshan Dia, Azam Kamal and Tariq, were shot near Saifee College in Block F of North Nazimabad.
SP Waris said that Azam had been a reporter while Tariq was the editor of the magazine.
They had gone to the North Nazimabad area to see someone when unidentified armed men riding on a motorcycle opened fire on them.
The injured were taken to the ASH where both succumbed to their injuries. Both the deceased had received three bullet wounds each. The criminals had used a 9mm pistol in the offence. Azam was a resident of Bengali Para while Tariq of Buffer Zone.
Four unidentified men riding on motorcycles killed Akhtar Ali, 32, at a Paan cabin in Jumma Goth of Ibrahim Hyderi area. SDPO Chanzeb Khan of Sukhan Division said that Ali was a resident of the area and a tailor by profession. He was moved to the JPMC where he was pronounced dead. The deceased had received four bullet wounds in his upper torso.
Investigators termed the attack on Ali as part of target killings and added that he was also a supporter of a political party.
In reaction to the murder of Akhtar Ali, activists of a political party launched a protest during which some armed miscreants resorted to aerial firing. They also torched three cabins in Jumma Goth.
Later contingents of the police and Rangers entered the disturbed area and brought the situation under control.
Mohammed Taufeeq, 25, was shot by armed men in Taimuria police remits.
The incident happened on Saturday night near the Haroon Shopping Centre, Buffer Zone, Taimuria. SHO Ijaz Lodhi of Taimuria Police Station said that unidentified armed men open fire on a funeral procession which was heading towards an Imambargah. Some bullets hit Taufeeq who was heading for his home in his Mehran car.
People at the scene shifted the injured to ASH where he succumbed to his injuries. SHO Lodhi said that Taufeeq was a resident of Block L of North Nazimabad.
In the Awami Colony area, unidentified men shot Mashooq Ali, 19, on Saturday afternoon.
SHO Hatim Marwat of Awami Colony police station said that Mashooq, who was from Sanghar, had been working in Karachi as a generator operator in Rajput Centre in Korangi 6.
He was present at the above place along with his friend Talha when three armed men entered the market to rob people. When Mashooq tried to overpower them, the suspects opened fire due to which Mashooq and Talha got injured. They were taken to the JPMC where Mashooq breathed his last. The deceased had received bullet wounds in his chest.
Late on Saturday night armed men shot Mohammed Saleem, 45. Police said that the deceased was a resident of Korangi and a tailor by profession.
He was present in Mohammedi Market in Khokharapar No 1 when two armed men riding on a motorcycle opened fire on him, injured him and fled.
The injured was taken to the JPMC where he breathed his last.
Investigators termed the murder of Saleem as a targetted killing and added that he was a former worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
Waqar Ahmed Afridi, 19, was gunned down in Sachal police remits. The incident happened in Ali Town, Sachal. Police said that the deceased was a resident of the same area and was present outside his house when armed men on a motorcycle, shot and killed him and fled.
His body was shifted to the JPMC for postmortem. Investigators said that it was to early to speculate on the motive behind the murder of Waqar as they were investigating the matter from the point of view of target killing as well as personal enmity.
In a late night attack in the Sharifabad area, armed men killed one Umer and injured four others, including one Asad, son of Qamar Abbas (a slain deputy director of the Intelligence Bureau).
SHO of Sharifabad police station, Nadeem Khan, said that Umer and Asad, along with their friends, had been sitting near PWB Apartments in F.C. Area late on Saturday night when four armed men riding on two motorcycles opened fire on them. The injured were taken to the ASH where the condition of Asad was stated to be critical. The attack seemed to be a part of target killing, but other aspects were also being investigated.