KARACHI: An 18-year-old student and a police guard were killed while another teenage boy and a private security guard were wounded in an exchange of fire in the Defence Housing Authority in the early hours of Thursday.
The deadly exchange of fire took place at the bungalow of Suleman Lashari, an A-level student, in DHA Phase V on Khayaban-i-Shamsheer following a quarrel between the teenagers over some petty issue, police said.
The incident came as a grim reminder of the murder of a student, Shahzeb Khan, in 2012 and a cinema guard in 2013 in the DHA.
According to Clifton SP Abadit Nisar, Salman Abro, 18, along with five police guards of his father arrived at the bungalow of Suleman Lashari at around 2am where the exchange of fire took place. As a result, Lashari was shot dead, he said.
One of the victim’s guards, Ghulam Ali, returned fire, leaving Salman Abro and the police guard, Zaheer Ahmed, wounded. The policeman later died while the officer’s son was admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition. Ghulam Ali was also hurt in the exchange of fire.
DIG South Barrister Abdul Khalique Sheikh said the incident followed a quarrel between Suleman Lashari and Salman Abro but he was not sure as to what had triggered it.
SP South (Investigation-I) Faiz Ullah Korejo said the scuffle had recently broken out between the teenagers. He said that Salman Abro might have gone there for a ‘compromise’ or a ‘patch-up’ where arguments might have flared up.
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