karachi

At least three people including a policeman were killed in the ongoing turf-war between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Mohajir Qaumi Movement (MQM-H) in Landhi.

DSP Muhammad Ahmed Baig confirmed the death toll and said the armed clash between both the groups is underway since April 25. On Sunday, police kicked off an operation to provide relief to the common people of Landhi, he said adding as soon as a political group tried to enter Landhi No 6, the rival group opened indiscriminate fire on them. Resultantly two people including police constable Ehsanul Haq, Muhammad Wasim and two-year-old Ayan were killed.

Four other people including a woman Seemi, SHO Khalid Nadeem, a political activist Mazhar and an unknown person sustained injuries. They were hurried to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment. However, police declined to unfold any further detail about the rival groups.

With the death of three people, death toll in Landhi area has reached to 11 while the law enforcement agencies have seemingly failed to establish their writ in the area, as the both groups are using heavy weapons against each other.

The Landhi residents, on the condition of anonymity, informed both rival groups, backed by the MQM-H and MQM, have made hostage the entire locality.

It is pertinent to mention here that anh independent candidate Shakil Ahmed, who had actively worked for the MQM-H, was killed by the rival group in Landhi area.

In another incident, some unidentified armed people gunned down Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat activist, Abdul Wahid, in Block-L, North Nazimabad. Police said the victim was going to his residence in Orangi when the assailants shot him twice and managed to escape from the scene. The body was handed over to his heirs after autopsy at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Similarly, a 45-year-old man identified as Shafi Muhammad was shot dead in Munno Goth in the remits of PIB Police Station. Police said the motive behind the incident is personnel enmity. The body shifted to Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre for autopsy.

Meanwhile, Gulbhar police found a bullet-riddled body of a youth from Firdos Colony. The body was moved to morgue after completing medico-legal formalities at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

In another incident, three PML-N workers lost their lives after being hit by stray bullets at Awami Chowk, in the remit of Model Colony Police Station.

SHO Misri Khan said the incident occurred when an MQM rally was passing through the area.