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Pakistan: Five killed in Karachi violence

11th Aug 2013

KARACHI, (Dawn): At least five people, including one policeman, were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

Unknown gunmen opened fire near Chawla Market in Nazimabad, killing police official Nazim Abbas.

Meanwhile, four people died in separate firing incidents in Karachi’s Baldia Town, Garden and Orangi Town areas. A woman killed in Garden Town was attacked at a traffic signal while she was on her way home.

In a separate incident, police launched investigations in Musharraf Colony and arrested five persons involved in extortion activities. According to the police, the arrested persons namely Wasif, Nazeer, Waqas, Wasim and Riaz were wanted in extortion and other crimes. Four TT pistols and other weapons were recovered from the suspects during the raid.

Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Militants are said to use the city as a hiding place and a source of funds obtained through bank heists, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

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