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Karachi violence on the rise despite ‘targeted’ operations

In another day of violence in the financial hub of the country, at least 10 people including a doctor and a policeman were shot dead on Wednesday despite the ongoing ‘targeted’ operations of law enforcement agencies against criminals in Karachi.
A mosque and nine shops were damaged late on Tuesday in a show of strength by the city’s mighty extortion mafia on houses of transporters who refused to submit to their demands.
Per details, three weeks ago unidentified extortionists had approached Ritas Khan Niazi and Haji Aurangzeb, demanding Rs 5 million as extortion money. Upon refusal, the extortionists hurled hand grenades at houses of both transporters located at Manghopir Road in Mianwali Colony. As a result eight shops, including a bakery, located at the ground floor were destroyed while the house and a neighboring mosque were partially damaged. However, no human life was lost. Heavy contingent of police cordoned off the area after the attack and a case was registered against unknown miscreants.
Unidentified gunmen riding a motorbike shot dead two laborers in SITE’s Metroville area and fled from the scene, according to police sources.
In another incident, a doctor, identified as Zubair, was gunned down in Korangi No. 1 area. A policeman was targeted in Baldia Town on Wednesday morning. Police said he was injured in a gun attack and later taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Meanwhile, two people were shot dead in Sherpao Colony of Landhi area. The deceased were cousins. Per preliminary reports, the family named no suspects and the police was investigating the motive behind the murder of the two relatives. Similarly, at least eight men, including two Rangers personnel were killed in drive-by assaults in different areas of the city late on Tuesday.
In another incident, at least two people lost their lives after a bomb exploded near a local restaurant in a busy locality. According to initial reports, a loud explosion shook the Muzafarabad colony area of Landhi, injuring eight people, two of whom later died at the hospital. Initial reports also suggested that the bomb was placed near the wall of Ghareeb Nawaz hotel, a local restaurant in the busy neighbourhood.

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