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13 dead in Karachi violence.

KABUL (PAN): As violence continues to haunt Pakistan, 13 people including political activists have been killed in a wave of targeted killings in the port city of Karachi,the capital of Sindh province.

Private TV channels and news reports said most of the fatalities occurred in Malir, Landhi, Korangi and North Karachi neighbourhoods of the bustling city, also known as Pakistans commercial hub.

The dead included seven workers of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (Haqiqi) and three of its rival fiction led by Altaf Hussein. A taxi driver was also shot dead in Malir City by unidentified gunmen.

The drivers brother and mother were wounded in the attack. As a result of Sundays killing spree in the provincial metropolis, the death toll from political unrest has soared to 29 during the past four days.

A clash between two groups over encroachment on government left a 14-year-old dead. Near old Haji Camp, two men were gunned down by unidentified assailants, who also killed a daily wager.

Elsewhere in the city, two corpses were found in limits of the Khokhrapar police station. One of them was an MQM-Haqiqi worker. Wasim Ahmed, Karachi police chief, confirmed to a prestigious English-language newspaper the killings in fighting among different political groups. Most of the victims belonged to the MQM (Haqiqi), the police chief told Dawn.

Haqiqi worker Salimuddin was killed and his wife and daughter were wounded when they were sprayed with bullets in their Martin Quarters home in Jamshed Town, according to the daily.

The deaths were the outcome of a dozen incidents in different localities of Karachi, where violence has lately been on the rise.

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Date:Jun 9, 2009
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