Citizen, policeman shot dead in Korangi

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In two separate incidents on Wednesday, a young man and a police officer were shot dead by suspected robbers in Karachi’s Korangi area, the police said, as street crimes continue to rise in the city.In the first incident, 24-year-old Qayum Umer was shot and killed while resisting a robbery near the Ghousia mosque in the locality.

Armed pillion riders looted the victim’s cousin at a distance, Korangi Senior Superintendent of Police Sajid Amir Sadozai told media.

“He was standing outside his home when he saw the robbers looting his cousin. As Umer raised a hue and cry, the robbers opened fire on him and fled,” the official elaborated, adding that the man suffered a single bullet wound in his chest, which proved fatal. Meanwhile, Umer’s relatives told the media that the victim was an orphan who sold vegetables in the area to earn a livelihood and originally hailed from Mansehra.

Karachi Additional Inspector General (AIG) Javed Odho has taken notice of the killing and ordered the suspension of Korangi SHO Amir Azam, the police spokesperson said in a statement.On the other hand, East Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Muquddus Haider said that police patrolling and snap-checking were enhanced in the area after the incident. Separately, a police head constable was martyred by suspects in an encounter in Korangi on Wednesday.