KARACHI - Unknown gunmen shot dead a Chinese national in Karachi’s upscale Defence Housing Authority on Monday.

The incident took place near Zamzama Park, less than half a kilometre away from the area’s police station.

Police investigators said that deceased, identified as Chen Zhu, 46, accompanied by his Chinese friend Ye Fan, stopped their car at a vegetable shop after having lunch when armed men opened fire on them and managed to flee, resultantly one of the Chinese sustained bullet wounds while the other remained unhurt in the attack.

The injured foreigner was immediately taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

Deceased was shot twice in his head, however, according to JPMC’s Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali, the Chinese national died during treatment while bullets in his head proved fatal.

Chen Zhu was serving as a managing director at a shipping firm and lived in DHA.

Police officials claimed that the Chinese national, killed in the armed attack, was provided proper security, however, there was no security guard with him at the time of incident occurred. The site of the incident was immediately cordoned off by an extra contingent of police and Rangers to probe the incident.

Police investigators also recovered at least nine empty shells of the 9mm pistol from the scene which were later sent to the forensic division of the Sindh police to verify its criminal records.

DIG South Azad Khan reportedly termed the incident target killing while started investigation of the case. He said that deceased Chinese national have three police guards but they were not present at the time of incident. 

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal also took notice of the incident while visiting the hospital and also sought a report from the police officials concerned.

IGP Sindh Allah Dino Khawaja also took the notice and ordered the police concerned to start a proper investigations into the matter and arrest the assailants.

After the attack, security has been beefed up for foreigners, particularly Chinese nationals across the province. The Counter Terrorism Department also registered an FIR against the unknown assailants for further investigation.