KARACHI - Eight persons, including an MQM activist, were gunned down in various incidents of violence here on Thursday.

An activist of MQM was shot dead within the remits of Taymoria police station.

Police said that Shiraz Salahuddin, 38, member of Provincial Organisational Committee of MQM, was at his shop at Block 12, Federal B area, near Piyala Hotel when six gunmen riding three motorcycles opened fire at him. As a result, Shiraz and his shopkeepers Fahad sustained bullet wounds. Both victims were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced Shiraz dead and admitted Fahad. Police handed the body over to the family after autopsy.

In another incident, gunmen shot dead a young man in Quetta Town within the remits of Sohrab Goth police station.

Police said that victim was passing through the Quetta Town Society where unidentified gunmen targeted him and managed to flee. He was taken to the morgue for identification after autopsy at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Separately, a man was shot dead at Tohid Colony, Orangi Town in Mominabad Police precincts.

The police said that Muhammad Akram, 32, was going somewhere with his wife on motorcycle when gunmen intercepted him and shot multiple times. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

Elsewhere, Kharader Police found a shot dead body near Abal Chowk. Police shifted the body to the morgue after autopsy for identification. Police said that victim was abducted and tortured before his body was thrown at the said place.

Another tortured body was found from the riverbed near Nusrat Bhutto Colony within the remits of Shahrah-e-Noorjahan police station. Police said that the sack-packed body was shifted to the morgue for identification after autopsy.

Yet another dead body was found form the riverbed of Shah Faisal Colony. Police evacuated the body to morgue after autopsy where family of the victim identified him as Farooq Shah, a resident of Kohat, Peshawar.

Separately, two drug peddlers were killed while two other were wounded during an armed clash between drug gangs in Khamiso Goth within the remits of New Karachi police station.

Police said that Ikram, 45, Irshad, 30, Rizwan, 35, Usman, 44, sustained bullet wounds in the clash and were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced Ikram and Irshad dead while admitted the injured.