Karachi bleeds; 35 more killed

KARACHI: At least 35 more people were killed and scores of others wounded when unidentified gunmen strafed passenger buses and went on shooting sprees in several neighbourhoods in Karachi on Friday – the forth day of continuing ethnic violence.In a late night development, law enforcement agencies cordoned off and entered Kati Pahari area in a bid to quell terrorists after intelligence reports revealed that the Taliban were present there.

During the day, despite the deployment of Frontier Constabulary (FC), tension gripped various localities in the city’s west where gunfire reverberated and thousands of people stood stranded, short of food and too frightened to leave their houses. Relatives wept over the bodies of loved ones in morgues and hospitals on Friday. As per reports, four rockets were fired in Saeedabad and Baldia areas while unidentified attackers ridding motorbikes lobbed hand grenades at a building in Bhimpura area.

One unidentified man, Hussain, Ghanchi and Maojee were killed when the attackers opened indiscriminate firing.In Pirabad area, one Saifullah was shot dead while firing claimed the life of one Sakhiur Rehman in Qasba Colony. A passer-by, Ghaniur Rehman, was killed in another similar incident.In Qasba area, one Akbar was shot dead while firing near Mubarak Mosque killed 19-year-old Usman and wounded Yumna, Rehan, Zaghfaran. A man, Yousuf Jinnah, was killed outside his house. In Orangi Town, Arshad Khan was mowed down while firing near a bakery in Iqbal Market killed one Iqbal and wounded his uncle Qadar. A passer-by, Rafiullah, was killed due to the firing in the limits of Sharah-e-Noor Jahan police. In North Nazimabad, one Arif Ibrahim lost his life because of unbridled firing.

In the limits of Kharadar police, Noor Muhammad got killed. A watchman, namely Abdul Qayyum, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Bombay Bazaar. Near Miani Market, Fazlur Rehman, 28, was shot dead.In Saeedabad area, Ayub Masih, Bismillah Khan and an unidentified man were gunned down. Twelve-year-old Shahabad received bullets at his house and later died. In the same area, Ahsan Rashid was killed.Gunmen opened fire on four vehicles, killing two people, Dost Muhammad and Daniyal, while Lal Muhammad and Noor Ahmed sustained bullet injures.Abid alias Baba and Ghulam Sarwar were shot dead by unidentified assassins in Model Colony and Bilal Colony, respectively.

In Nazimabad, 7-year-old Salman Siddique was shot dead. A mutilated dead body was recovered from Old Golimar area. In Aligarh Bazaar, unidentified arsonists torched a two-storey building while three shops were also set ablaze. Seven more shops and over a dozen vehicles were set on fire in various localities of the city. In a late night firing incident, Abdul Jabbar and Mir Afridi were killed in Ghousia Colony. A Jamaat-e-Islami activist, Ayub Ali, was ambushed in Lines Area. He died instantly. One passenger was killed and five others were wounded when unidentified men fired indiscriminately at a passenger bus near Hassan Square.A dead body was recovered near Lea Market. The body is yet to be identified. Two more mutilated bodies were found in Baldia Town. – Dailytimes