KARACHI - At least four more people, including an MQM supporter, were gunned down in different neighbourhoods in the metropolis on Tuesday while a dozen political activists were rounded up in separate raids.

A Muttahida Qaumi Movement supporter, identified as 20-year-old Altaf Malik, son of Hasnain Malik, was killed and his companion, namely Ali Hassan, was wounded, when two armed men, riding a motorcycle, sprayed them with bullets. The two men were sitting near their residence in an Orangi Town locality. The incident triggered panic and fear in the area.

Separately, a clearing and forwarding agent of Pakistan Customs was gunned down in Medicine Market in the jurisdiction of the Aram Bagh Police Station.

The victim, identified as Naeem Naqvi, belonged to the Shia community and was on his way to work when attacked by a bike-borne armed duo. He sustained two bullets and died instantly. The body was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities and later handed over to the heirs. Police officials said the victim, a resident of Gulbahar, Rizvia Society, was father of four children.

Tension simmered in Rizvia Society and its surrounding areas when unidentified gunmen went on a shooting spree, forcing shopkeepers to shut their shops. Angry over the killing, a group people took to the streets and set fire to tyres, causing a traffic snarl.

The police officials suspected that it was a sectarian killing. Later in the evening, anger writ large in the faces of participants of Naqvi’s funeral. Tyres were burnt and passing vehicles were pelted with stones on Shahrah-e-Pakistan near Ancholi area. A police mobile van also came under attack. Naqvi was laid to rest in Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.

In another act of targeted killing, a 30-year-old man, identified as Sajid Ali, was gunned down in Pehlwan Goth in the jurisdiction of the Gulistan-e-Jauhar Police Station.  Sources said the deceased was a drug peddler and was killed over his refusal to pay extortion money to Awami National Party men.

Refuting the charges of extortion and killing, the ANP, claimed it had no link to the incident.

Police officials said they could not say anything until the investigation was finalised. After the incident, intense cross-firing was reported in Pehlwan Goth and its surrounding areas. Law enforcers could not bring the situation under control until the filing of this story.

Meanwhile, at least a dozen men were taken into custody in raids conducted by the rangers and police. Their families and community members railed against the law-enforcement agencies demanding their immediate release.  Separately, the SITE police claimed to have arrested four criminals, Kokab Noorani, Naimatullah, Gohar and Khurram Shehzad, in a raid on Labour Colony. Four weapons were seized from them.

According to SHO Shafiq Tanoli, the four men, who belonged to a Pakhtoon-based political party, had killed four shopkeepers over their refusal to pay extortion money. They were also charged with killing two policemen in a shootout in Jackson area.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Violent Crime Cell arrested a man, namely Furqan Ahmed, for killing a bakery owner, namely Malik Azam Hussain, in Baloch Colony after he refused to shut his bakery on the day of mourning the MQM announced on March 27.