Two policemen guarding PPO van shot dead
KARACHI, Jan 2: Two policemen were gunned down during a robbery in Orangi Town on Wednesday.
Police said the killing took place under the Banaras bridge, where four to five suspects riding three motorcycles intercepted a hi-roof vehicle (CR-6769) belonging to the Pakistan Post Office (PPO).
The suspects shot at the two police constables — Naeem Ahmed, 30, and Mohammad Rizwan, 32 — within the Pirabad police station remit and escaped with Rs80,000 and a police AK-47 rifle.
The policemen suffered fatal gunshot wounds, one in the head and the other in the neck, which caused their instant deaths, said DIG-West Asif Aijaz Shaikh.
The bodies were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
“The policemen were shot on resistance. However, the amount taken away was not clear,” the DIG said.
He said the vehicle belonging to the PPO was returning after collecting cash from different post offices in Orangi Town and was heading to the general post office.
The two policemen were deputed with the van for security.
They were posted at the Security Zone, the police said. They said a 9mm pistol was used in the shooting.
Funeral prayers for the policemen will be held at the Security HQ, Hassan Square, at 11am on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the very first day of the year, an assistant sub-inspector posted at the anti-violent crime cell was shot dead in the SITE area.
Twin brothers attacked
Twin brothers were targeted, one was killed and the other wounded, in Lyari, within the remit of the Kalri police station, on Wednesday morning.
Police said the incident took place at the intersection of Mirza Adam Khan Road and Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Road, where the twins were getting their vehicle tyres checked at a tyre shop when two suspects riding a motorcycle targeted them, Lyari SP Sarfaraz Nawaz said. The suspects escaped.
One of the twins, Jamal Jafar Qadri, 22, suffered a fatal gunshot wound and died before he could be taken to hospital while his brother, Haider Latif Qadri, 22, was wounded in the firing.
The wounded were rushed to the Lyari General Hospital from where he was referred to the Civil Hospital Karachi.
“The twins were heading to college to appear in their BA examination when they were targeted,” the SP said.
The motive for the attack was unclear.
Banker shot dead
A banker was shot dead in the SITE area on Wednesday night.
Police said the killing took place near the Habib Bank traffic intersection within the remit of the SITE-A police station, where assailants riding a motorcycle opened fire on the car (ASV-938) targeting Javed Aziz Memon.
The slain banker was a cousin of Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon.
The suspects escaped after the shooting. The victim was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said the victim was a manager of Al Baraka Bank’s SITE branch. He was heading home from work.
“He was driving the car. Two shots were fired at his car. One hit the car’s bonnet and the other pierced the victim’s skull,” DIG-West Asif Aijaz said.
Police were immediately not sure about the motive for the killing. “We are trying to ascertain if it was a car snatching attempt or targeted killing,” the DIG added.
Sindh IG Fayyaz Leghari formed a three-member committee, comprising DIG-West Asif Aijaz Shaikh, SSP-CID Raja Umar Khattab and SSP-SITE to arrest the criminals within three days, said Sindh police spokesman Imran Shaukat.
Young man killed
A young man was shot dead on Jamshed Road on Wednesday.
Police said the killing took place near the Usmania Hospital in front of the Karachi Central Jail, where assailants riding a motorcycle targeted Rameezuddin, 22, who was also on a motorbike. The police said the victim suffered a gunshot wound in the head and died before he could be taken to hospital. They said they were unsure about the motive for the killing.
The decomposed body of a young man was found in the Christian graveyard of Ilyas Goth, Korangi Town, within the remit of the Ibrahim Hyderi police station on Wednesday morning.
Police shifted the body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities.
The police said apparently the victim was kidnapped somewhere else before being killed. His body was dumped at graveyard.
The dead had two bullet holes in his head, the police said. The body was taken to the Edhi morgue for want of identification.