Karachi: An MQM leader and his brother were shot dead by unidentified gunmen here, triggering
political violence in which three persons were killed and dozens of vehicles torched in the Pakistani port city.
The gunmen entered the home of Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Mansoor Mukhtar at PIB Colony this morning and gunned him down. Mukhtar's brother succumbed to his injuries in hospital while his sister-in-law too was injured, MQM officials said.
On hearing of Mukhtar's killing, a large number of MQM workers gathered outside the hospital where his body was taken.
They set on fire a police van and damaged two more vehicles before police dispersed them by firing in the air. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from various areas of Karachi, including Malir, Landhi and Nazimabad.
TV news channels reported that three persons were killed in firing at Manzoor Colony, Surjani Town and Korangi areas. The NGO Edhi Foundation, which runs a private rescue service, said at least three persons were injured in incidents of firing.
Nearly three dozen vehicles, including police vans and buses, were torched across the city.
Footage on television showed several buses and private vehicles burning on the streets of Karachi. (PTI)