KARACHI - Panic and fear gripped the entire city Thursday as nine more precious lives fell prey to incessant violence, raising the death toll to 42 and leaving dozens others injured on the fourth day of the current wave of terror. Various city areas remained tense amid fears of further escalation of violence, which is largely ethnic in character. The fresh spate of violence erupted in Orangi town on Monday and spread to other parts of the city. Orangi Town, Qasba Colony and Ali Garh Society remained the most affected areas, which are notorious for ethnic violence. Gun shots could be still heard in parts of these areas and in Saddar, Ghas Mandi, Lyari, PIB Colony, Malir, Saoodabad and North Nazimabad at the time of filling of this report, forcing many inhabitants to remain house-bound. Armed men set a storage house on fire in Saddar while enraged people attacked a fire station, injuring two firefighters. Miscreants held up the entire entry and exit routes to the Orangi and intercepted passers-by. Orangi Town residents said that the miscreants tortured residents and commuters and looted valuables. In Sadder, Lines Area intense gunbattle continued during morning prayers on Tuesday and heavy weaponry was used from both sides. Residents of the area confirmed that armed men took positions on various buildings and showered bullets from the tops whole night. During exchange of fire, a warehouse located near the Fire Brigade Office caught fire where 18-year-old Zahir Shah sustained burn injures and was killed by the firing as he tried to flee the spot. Two fire fighters Muhammad Hussain and Ali Manzil also sustained bullet wounds. Residents sought police help but the battle continued without any intervention from the police. Salman alias Dada Baloch an operative of Ghafar Zikri gang affiliated with Raja Pathan was gunned down at Shah Abdul Latif Behai Road in the limits of Baghdadi police station. Kalri police found body of 30-year-old Imran Aazam, resident of Umer Baloch Mohallah, near the Niazi Chowk, Bagh-e-Lyari. Another gunny bag with a body was found from Ghas Mandi, in the limits of Nipier police. The deceased was tortured before being shot down. In another incident of firing, a former PPP activists Pervaiz Fathe was killed by armed attackers while he was sitting outside his house in North Nazimabad, in the limits of Shahrah-e-Noorjahan police. Separately, 25-year-old Jamaluddin, resident of Kanwari Colony, was shot dead in MPR colony. A body was found in Saudabad police limits, near Government Boys School, Kala Board. The body was yet to be identified and was shifted to morgue after autopsy for identification. The meeting of the core committee comprising representatives of Peoples Party, MQM and ANP, and assurances of all possible cooperation for establishment of peace, and taking out of peace rally in the affected areas failed to make any difference as the violence continued unabated in the city.