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Keenjhar Lake killing: Police suspect buddies killed their mates.

Karachi -- Bodies of five men were found under mysterious circumstances around historic gravesite of Noori Jam Tamachi in Keenjhar Lake, Thattta on Saturday evening were close friends and shot dead by their own buddies who had escaped after brutal killing, officials said on Sunday.

Police are probing the incident and collecting initial facts. There are conflicting accounts available regarding the incident.

The deceased are identified as Mohammad Ali Riaz and Adnan Saeed Khan, residents of PECHS Karachi, Sohail Ahmed, a resident of Nazimabad, Bilal Ayub Khan from Chaklala, Rawalpindi and Jehangir Akhtar, a resident of Gilgit. His permanent address, however, is said to be of Ghorabari, Thatta district.

Police said initial investigations revealed that a group of friends comprising eight persons had come from Karachi in a car at Keenjhar lake resort in Thatta within the jurisdiction of Keenjhar police station. They hired a launch which is normally used by people for visiting grave that is located in middle of the lake.

Investigations suspect that three mates of group have shot dead rest of five and then fled from the scene.

"The launch operator told police that tourists told him to pick them up after two hours and when he returned he found bodies with bullet injuries in their skulls," DIG police Hyderabad range, Akram Naeem Bharoka told the media.

He said that police are verifying facts as this is just preliminary information.

Police officials believed that around eight tourists had arrived at the lake. Another account is that launch operator had fled from scene.

Normally, it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to reach the gravesite of Noori - a character of one of the popular folk romances which is part of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's poetry - from the bank of Keenjhar Lake.

The lake is a famous tourist resort in the lower Sindh region. According to legend, Noori is buried in the middle of the lake. But it is mostly visited during summer season as tourists bath and swim in the lake. Only a small number of people arrive at the lake in winter.

SSP Thatta Haseeb Afzal confirmed these multiple murders and said that police are verifying facts.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Dec 30, 2013
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