1 shot dead in targeted attack in Karachi

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A middle-aged man belonging to the Ahmadiyya community was shot dead on Tuesday night in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Dawood Ahmad, 55, son of Haji Ghulam Muhiyuddin, was shot dead in Gulzar Hijri, within the limits of Mobina Town police station, late Tuesday night by unidentified assailants. “He was waiting for his friend outside his house when two men came on a motorcycle. They opened fire at him and fled,” said a press statement by the Ahmadiyya community.

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The assailants also fired shots at Ahmad’s friend who hurried to help him. Both were rushed to Patel Hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and then to Liaquat National Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His friend’s condition is now stable.

The victim was later taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors confirmed he was shot at least four times. The victim is survived by three sons; his wife died a few years ago. “Ahmad was a noble, practicing Ahmadi who had no personal vendetta with anyone. He was targeted solely for being an Ahmadi,” said the statement.

Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin said “Thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi [since 1984]and not a single murderer has been brought to justice till now.”

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Police said they are investigating the case.

“The assailants took advantage of the darkness as there was a suspension of power supply in the area when the incident occurred,” said SHO Muhammad Ayub, adding that “We have recovered six empty 9mm shells and sent them to the forensic division.”

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