KARACHI – Tension simmered in the port city on Thursday after six people, including a top ANP leader and two MQM activists, were shot dead in political violence in the span of an hour.

Reports say that unidentified gunmen, chanting slogans in favour of the Talibans, went on a shooting spree, killing ANP’s district (W) president and wounding three others. One of the attackers was also killed during the exchange of fire.

Two MQM workers – Maqsood alias Kala Guddu and Habib Khan Turab – died at the Qatar Hospital after they were attacked by a bike-borne armed duo in Tohid Colony, Orangi Town. The victims were also said to be travelling by a motorcycle. The victims were residents of Islam Nagar and associated with the MQM’s unit 124. Following the two incidents, protests mushroomed in several city neighbourhoods, where alleged miscreants resorted to aerial firing and set tyres afire, getting commercial activities suspended.

According to police officials, ANP district (W) chief Saeed Khan was killed and two others – ANP’s Central Committee member Bashir Khan and a guest namely Ahmedullah – wounded when a band of five unidentified attackers barged into a house and showered them with bullets shouting, “We are the Talibans. We have to kill them.”

The incident took place near Metroville-IV within the remits of the Site-B Police Station. A police guard, namely Aurangzaib, deployed for security of the ANP leader, repulsed the attack, killing one of the gunmen, who had to be identified until the filing of this report.

The other attackers, however, managed to flee the crime scene.

The injured, Saeed Ahmed and Bashir Khan, were ferried to a private hospital, where the former succumbed to his injuries. Hospital sources said that Bashir Khan had received eight bullets and was in critical condition.

Officials of the Site-A Police Station said the gunmen, who was killed, appeared to be a Pakhtoon-speaking. His body was moved to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for medico-legal formalities. Tension engulfed several areas of the metropolis after the news of the ANP leaders’ killing. All major markets in Metroville, Banaras, Qasba, Quaidabad, Rabia City, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, on Abul Hassan Isphani Road, Sohrab Goth, Old Sabzi Mandi and other Pakhtoon-dominated areas were closed.

Unidentified arsonists set ablaze a motorcycle in Metrovil area, sparking a massive traffic snarl in the area.

Separately, police found dead body of a young man from Memon Murad Goth in the limits of the Memon Goth Police Station. Identity of the victim was yet to be ascertained. Police officials said the victim had received a bullet in the temple and had several torture marks on his body. They suspected that unidentified culprits had killed him.

The body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for medico-legal formalities and later moved to Edhi Morgue for identification. The victim appeared to be 25-year-old.