KARACHI - Two cops and a political worker among nine people were killed in separate incidents of violence here on Tuesday.

A worker of the MQM was shot dead at Sector 11, Orangi Town.

The victim was identified as Rasheed Abbas. SHO Amjad Kiyani said he was associated with the MQM unit 124. He was sitting near his home when two armed men riding a motorcycle came close to him and escaped after shooting him. He was shot multiple times and died on the spot. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy.

A rickshaw driver namely Salahuddin Akram, 32, was shot dead near Lea Market. Police said he was standing at a rickshaw stop when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at him. He died on the spot while a passerby Adnan was also wounded. They were taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi where doctors pronounced Akram’s death and admitted Adnan for treatment.

A vegetable vendor identified as Nasir Attari, 35, was shot dead in the jurisdictions of New Karachi Industrial Area police station. Police officials said the incident took place when he was returning to the New Sabzi Mandi after buying vegetables when two armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead over unexplained reasons. Police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the incident while handed over the body to family after autopsy.

An elderly man who was later identified as Yousuf Basit, 60, was found dead near a railway track at Drigh Road. Police officials said the victim was the resident of Landhi. He was hit in his head with a sharp material. The motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.

Another rickshaw driver was killed in Jamshed Quarters area. He was identified as Raees Younus, 50. Police officials said his friend Jamil hit him with a concrete block in his head over some dispute. The accused escaped after the incident.

Two police constables were gunned down in an armed attack on a police van in North Nazimabad area on Tuesday night. They were identified as Iqbal Arif and Ali. SSP Amir Farooqui said some unidentified armed men resorted to indiscriminate fire on the police van when policemen were busy in their routine snap checking near Landi Kotal roundabout, North Nazimabad.  The culprits were shot multiple times and died on the spot. Their bodies were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy.

Separately, a man along with his son was shot dead in New Karachi area. DSP Chaudhry Akhtar said the victims belonged to Dawoodi Bohra Community. They were travelling on a rickshaw when at least four armed men riding two motorcycles shot them dead and fled near UP Mor. He said police shifted them to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. The victims were identified as Mustantar, 40, and his son as Mustansar Ali, 10.

Meanwhile, a Lance Naik deployed, at the office of an intelligence agency, was wounded when armed motorcyclists opened fire on him. The injured identified as Lance Naik Asghar was later shifted to PNS Shifa hospital for treatment.

According to SHO Aslam Jutt, two armed men were intercepted over suspicion by the injured personnel of the military when they came out of the Old Race Course Ground near Cantt Railway Station. The armed men opened fire on him and escaped.

Meanwhile, Rangers claimed to have killed an alleged criminal and arrested many others in targeted operation continued in the city against the target killers, extortionists and other criminals here on Tuesday. Rangers conducted operation in Fisheries area where the encounter occurred between the criminals and rangers in which an alleged criminal Shafiq Pathan was killed.

Rangers said one criminal was killed while his two accomplices were arrested along with the weapons. The victim was said to be affiliated with a political party.

Separately, Rangers claimed to have apprehended seven alleged criminals affiliated with a banned outfit along with grenades and weapons during a series of targeted raids in Pathan Colony.

Few suspects were also reportedly detained by the Rangers during separate raids in Federal B area’s Ancholi Society and Old Haji Camp. The names of the apprehended persons were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, Karachi Police claimed to have apprehended 148 alleged criminals, including 23 absconders, 40 others under Arms Ordinance, 22 under Narcotics Ordinance, four under Terrorism Act and three alleged extortionists. It also claimed to have recovered 43 illegal weapons during various raids in different parts of the metropolis.