KARACHI – There appears to be no respite for Karachi from bloodletting, as six more people, including two Sunni Tehreek workers, were mowed down on Sunday amidst intensified surveillance and snap-checking by law-enforcement agencies in different neighbourhoods.

“Although the government has banned pillion riding, it has failed to check targeted killings,” sources said, adding that “unidentified gunmen are roaming freely (in the city).”

In the worst incident on Sunday, a bike-borne armed duo attacked two Sunni Tehreek activists seated near their residence in Gulshan-e-Zahoor area in the jurisdiction of the Brigade Police Station. Both the ST men sustained multiple bullets and were ferried to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where doctors pronounced them dead. Later, the bodies were handed over to the heirs. The victims were identified as 30-year-old Rashid, son of Abdul Rasheed, and Yahya, 35.

The Sunni Tehreek leadership strongly condemned the killing its workers. In a statement, it said Rashid and Yahya were associated with the party’s Lines Area sector. Their funeral was offered after Asr prayers. Later, they were laid to rest in SITE area graveyard.

ST leaders and workers, who attended the funeral, demanded the government to immediately arrest the killers.

After the incident, a heavy contingent of police and rangers was deployed in the locality to avoid further unwanted happening. Separately, a supporter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was killed and three others were wounded when unidentified persons, riding a car, sprayed them with bullets at a playground near Baitul Mukarram Masjid in the limits of the Aziz Bhatti Police Station.

The victim was identified as Arsalan, 24, son of Farooq, and the injured as Hazim Iqbal, Asif and Junaid. Hazim’s condition was said to be critical. They all were residents of Fahad Garden, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and were playing cricket when attacked. According to sources, Arsalan used to run a “pan” shop in Hussainabad. No case was registered till the filing of this report.

In Clifton area, a young man was shot dead while riding a motorcycle near Schon Circle. Unidentified gunmen, riding a car, targeted him.

According to police officials, the victim was a resident of Soldier Bazaar area and was identified as Mohammad Omar, 26, son of Mohammad Abdul. Police officials were unable to ascertain the motive behind the killing. The victim used to run a welding shop in Soldier Bazaar.

Separately, an unidentified man was fired upon in Urdu Bazaar area in the limits of the Aram Bagh Police Station. He got critical gunshot wounds and was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where he succumbed to his injuries. Later, the body was shifted to the Edhi morgue for identification.

In another incident, at least three people, including MQM activist Abdul Mateen and a police inspector Dilshad Hussain, were wounded in a firing incident near Shaheen Complex.

Separately, an elderly man, namely Haji Aastan Khan, 75, son of Jalaad Khan, was mowed down at his workshop in New Karachi area. According to DSP Akhtar, the victim was sitting at his shop when unidentified armed men attacked him, causing his instant death. Police officials believed that personal enmity was the motive behind the killing.