Ten killed in violence in Karachi

Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 18:08

Karachi: Violence returned to this
Pakistani city on Friday when at least 10 people were killed and
more than 12 others injured in fierce gun battle between two
rival groups.

Fresh violence erupted in the Khokrapar area where two
groups are engaged in a gun battle since early morning, police
officials said.

At least 10 people have been killed in the violence.
A large contingent of Rangers personnel has cordoned off the
area.

The Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Sheikh Afzal
has said that the party had contacted the police, but it had
been informed that they did not have orders to enter the area.

Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) chief Ahmed
Chinoy said the situation in the city was under control and
law enforcement agencies were trying their best to maintain
peace.

In the month of July, around 150 people have been
killed in the city in ethnic and political violence and target
killings.

A senior member of the MQM, Raza Haroon, claimed that
criminal and terrorist elements were behind the latest
outbreak of violence.

"If this situation continues of innocent people and
our workers being killed everyday than perhaps people have a
right to defend themselves," Haroon a parliament member said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 18:08

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