LAHORE - City police have arrested at least 10 suspects in connection with the fatal shooting which left two people dead and injured eight others in the Lahore’s largest fruits and vegetable market. 

The traders yesterday reopened their shops after observing two-day strike to condemn the brutal gun attack. Heavy police contingents were deployed in the market to keep the situation under control.

A police officer yesterday confirmed to The Nation that the key suspect and his four sons were also among the arrested persons. He said the arrests were made in successive raids during the last 48 hours.

The arrested suspects were identified as Malik Babar, his sons Saleem, Dawood, Muzammal, Kamran, and accomplices including Zeeshan, Azhar, and Naeem. Another two suspects, Sajjad and Jamshaid, were arrested by police with bullet wounds from a local hospital where they were under medical treatment.

Two men were killed and eight others wounded critically during crossfire between two groups in the Sabzi Mandi located near Badami Bagh on Friday. The shooting took place in the market over some monetary dispute.

It was learnt during the investigations that Malik Babar, a notorious character, carried out the gun attack along with his nine other accomplices after the victim party refused to pay him extortion.

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A 50-year-old broker, Maqsood, and his nephew Muhammad Atif were shot and killed by Malik Babar and his accomplices when they were coming back after offering Friday prayers. At least eight other persons including five passersby sustained bullet injuries during the gun attack.

Earlier, a police spokesperson said at least five gunmen were arrested from the spot. Ironically, some policemen including in-charge of the Sabzi Mandi police post were sitting at a nearby shop when the gunfire erupted between both the parties.

City police chief Muhammad Amin Wains yesterday directed the police investigators to ensure merit-based investigations to bring the culprits to justice.