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Death toll hits 100 in Karachi.

By KARACHI, July 10, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Hundreds of people stranded by five days of worst violence in this port city were on Saturday rescued by rangers as continued ethnic clashes claimed 100 lives. Thousands of people have been stuck in the violence-hit areas of the city unable to move out as groups of heavily-armed people traded fire rockets at each other, paralysing the countrys financial capital. We are moving the families to safe places and the exercise continues. Rangers troops helped mainly people in Qasba Colony and adjoining areas, a paramilitary Rangers spokesman said. Five more people were killed in the overnight incident of firing, taking the death toll to 100, police sources said. on Friday 30 people were killed on the fourth day of violence. Several stranded people told local TV channels that they could not eat for four days as all roads had been closed and they could not go out because of continued firing. I am taking food to my family members after four days as routes are opened now, a resident of Qasba Colony, the most affected area, told reporters on Saturday. Hundreds of families had been trapped in Qasba Colony and adjoining areas amid no power and water supply. Many families were willing to abandon their homes even at the risk of their properties being taken over by miscreants, but could not do so for fear of life because of the intense firing. Paramilitary Rangers took positions late last night in the most affected areas -- Orangi town, Qasba Colony and Kati Pahari and started targeted actions and also detained several people, police said. Civic life was seen beginning to return to normal on Saturday morning in the metropolis as the Rangers took control of the most sensitive flashpoint of Kati Pahari. Over two dozen suspected people have been arrested from various areas. Carrying out an operation, heavy contingents of Rangers personnel took control of Kati Pahari and arrested over two dozen people. As a result, the spate of firing around Kati Pahari has ceased. Law and order in the city is in better standing this morning with public transport plying on all vital thoroughfares around the metropolis; traffic is thin though. Most petrol pumps have re-opened. Shops and commercial centers are beginning their routine business.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 10, 2011
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