KARACHI: The bodies of six men with their throats slit were found near a shrine on the outskirts of the city where nine people were killed in separate incidents of violence on Tuesday.
The corpses were lying near the shrine of Ayub Shah Bukhari. Three of the dead worked at the shrine while the others were frequent visitors.
Police said a note reading “Stop visiting shrines – from the Pakistani Taliban” was found at the scene along with a bloodstained knife.
“In the note, Taliban claimed responsibility of the killings and said those who visit shrines would meet the same fate,” said SHO Samad Khan.
The dead included Munawar, Saleem, Javed, Ramzan and Abid.
Police have detained half a dozen people, including custodian of the shrine, as part of investigation. The shrine was later closed for visitors and police were deployed there. However, no case had been registered until filing of this report.
Separately, an activist of Muttahida Qaumi Movement was gunned down on Manghopir Road.
Police said the victim, identified as Arif, was presumably shot dead by Lyari gangsters for not paying extortion. He was at his marble shop when gunmen on motorbikes came there and shot him dead. Following the killing, shopkeepers in the area shut down their shops in protest and shouted slogans against the extortionists.
Also on Tuesday, a woman was shot dead and a rickshaw driver was wounded in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
Police said that unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire on a rickshaw, injuring Naseem Uzair and rickshaw driver Mir Hassan. They were moved to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center but the woman succumbed to the injuries.
Meanwhile, a man was found dead near the Malir graveyard within the limits of Malir Cantt Police Station.
Police said the man was shot multiple times and the body was at least 10 days old. The body was later moved to a morgue for identification.
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