LDA Director among seven shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI: At least seven people including Deputy Director Land Lyari Development Authority and two policemen were shot dead in the fresh wave of violence in the city on Sunday.

Unknown gunmen opened fire on a double cabin vehicle near Urdu Science University in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, injuring Detector Land Lyari Development Authority Sohail Bhatti and Deputy Director Talat Yousuf.

The injured were moved to a hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Five other people including two policemen also lost their lives in different parts of the city in the violence.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the killings and demanded of the federal government to impose martial law in Sindh as the provincial government had failed in maintaining peace in the city.

Two police personnel were killed in firing in Nazimabad, raising the number of policemen murdered since night to five.

According to police, the personnel identified as Ghafoor and Farooq were deployed outside Noorul Emaan mosque in Nazimabad No. 3 when unknown gunmen sprayed bullets on them.

The dead bodies have been shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Earlier, In Lyari, two policemen were killed in an attack on a check post in Musa Lane.

Police said four gangsters fired gunshots at a Madadgar 15 check post, killing constables Saeed Akbar, 40, and Niaz Hussain, 42.

Both policemen suffered multiple bullet wounds and died on the way to a hospital