Pakistani TV reporter among 12 victims in "target killing" in Karachi

16:48, January 14, 2011      

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead a reporter of a leading Pakistani private TV channel and 11 other people in the latest wave of violence in south Pakistan's port city Karachi in the last 12 hours, police said Friday.

Police said that Wali Khan Babar, a reporter of Geo television channel was gunned down by unidentified persons late Thursday night in an apparent target killing.

Babar was returning home after covering police operation against the two groups in the Liaquatabad area of the city.

Geo television reported that the reporter was killed in front a police station and the gunmen, riding a motorbike, fled after the incident.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The overall death toll of firing incidents since Thursday morning has risen to 18, local TV channels reported.

The most serious incident occurred in Orangi Town when armed men attacked a bus, in which six people, including a seven-year- old girl and a woman, were killed, according to police.

Police said that leader of a political party and his driver were also injured in another incident of firing in Karachi.

Bashir Jan, deputy secretary general of Awami National Party ( ANP), and his driver were injured when their car were fired upon in Gharibabad area. The driver later died of wounds in hospital, police said.

Geo News channel described the incident as another target killing which has gripped the city in recent weeks.

Some other incidents occurred in different parts of the country ' s commercial capital. The spell of firing is on the go intermittently, triggering panic in the city.

Police arrested 12 people on Thursday from the Pehlwan Goth area of Gulistan-e-Jauhar following a search operation after violence started from the area on Tuesday night.

Pehlwan Goth has been in the grip of violence for the past four days after three people with political affiliations were killed, stirring unrest in the area.

Firing continued in the area on Thursday as the clashes between two opposing political groups intensified. The clashes have generally been between the supporters of the Mutthaida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and ANP, the parties which are coalition partners with the ruling Pakistan People's Party.

Source: Xinhua

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