Karachi: Five policemen were among eight people killed in violence in Pakistan`s restive financial hub on Saturday.
Police in Karachi confirmed that in one drive-by shooting on the Shah Faisal Colony bridge, four policemen were shot dead by unknown assailants.
"Three policemen died on the spot and we found their bodies inside the police mobile while another constable succumbed to his injuries in hospital," senior police official Tahir Naveed said.
He lamented that despite clear cut orders to all policemen on patrolling duty to wear bulletproof jackets and helmets the policemen killed had ignored these instructions.
"In view of the incidents of violence and terrorism in the city policemen have been told to wear bulletproof jackets on duty. But apparently in this case the orders were ignored," he said.
Naveed said the attack seemed intended to demoralise the police forces.
Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad Khan condemned the incident and sought a report from the police.
Another policeman was killed in a shooting incident in Manghopir area while three people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence in the city`s Orangi Town, Abul Isfahani road and Memon Goth areas.