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5 killed in fresh violence in Karachi

May 17, 2012 00:24 IST

At least five people were shot dead on Wednesday in different incidents of target killings in Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.

Around 12 people, including five activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, 0have been killed in the city since Tuesday, police said.

One person was killed and five others injured in a hand grenade attack on a hotel in Quaidabad in Landhi on Wednesday. The violence continued throughout the day with two brothers, Asif and Yasin, shot dead in Baldia Town's Gulshan-i-Mazdoor area by unidentified gunmen, while another man also lost his life as gunmen open fired on him in Baldia Town.

In another attack by unknown assailants, a former union councillor belonging to the MQM, Muhammad Khursheed, was shot dead in Saudabad, Malir area.

According to police, two armed men on a bike opened indiscriminate firing on Khursheed, who was also riding a motorbike. Nine bullets hit him, four in head and five  in chest, resulting in his instant death.

Moreover, two people were injured in incidents of firing near the Karimabad bridge and near Sea View. Since last year Karachi has witnessed a series of violence with over 300 people killed this year alone.

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