Tension gripped the metropolis as fresh spate of violence in the city claimed nine more lives besides injuring many others on Saturday while protesters took to the streets against targeted killings in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Police said that unknown armed men opened fire on Rashid Minhas Road early Saturday morning and killed two seminary students stated to be real brothers.

A dead body was recovered from Baldia Town locality, one from Golimar area, a man was shot dead near Indus Plaza in Sohrab Goth and another in Gulshan-e-Hadeed.

After the killings on Rashid Minhas Road near Centrum Mall, tension gripped the adjoining areas while the traffic was also suspended on the main roads leading to Nipa and Gulshan Chowrangi. Protesters demonstrated against the violent incidents and blocked the road by setting tyres on fire.

The students of Karachi University faced commotion as the Nipa Road was also blocked by the demonstrators and they did not allow the students to proceed towards the university where they had to appear for B.Com Islamiat paper.

Three people were killed and five others sustained bullet wounds after unidentified gunmen opened fire on a juice shop near Maskan Chowrangi late on Friday night.

Police said eight people were injured in the firing. They were rushed to hospital where three were pronounced dead by the doctors.

The dead including two brothers were identified as Nadir, Abdul Wahid and Hussain Ali.

Tension gripped the entire city after fresh incidents of target killing and people in several areas were restricted to homes due to poor law and order situation.

The citizens and businessmen expressed grave concerns over the uncertain law and order situation. They also criticized the provincial government for failure to overcome the situation despite presence of heavy contingent law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel across the city.

Meanwhile, Sindh Rangers claimed that a political party is found involved in fresh target-killings in Karachi. Spokesman of the paramilitary Rangers said that the law-enforcers have found evidences about a political party’s involvement in Friday night’s killings.

“There is a complete harmony between Sunni and Shia sects, but sectarian killings are a conspiracy to spoil peace in Karachi,” the Rangers said, claiming that killers would soon be arrested.