6 gunned down in Pakistan port city of Karachi

Motorcycle gunmen killed three politicians and injured another, then shot dead three TV channel employees.

6 gunned down in Pakistan port city of Karachi

World Bulletin / News Desk

Motorcyclists gunned down six men in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi on Friday, murders local police blamed on sectarian strife.

Bikers intercepted a car on the city’s busiest road at around 6 p.m., killing three politicians and injuring another with indiscriminate gunfire.

Later in the day, three employees of local TV channel Express TV were shot dead by motorcyclists in their van, the third attack on the channel's staff in the past year.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, a Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the van while talking to reporters from an unknown location by phone.

“The initial deceased included Mufti Usman Yar Khan, the provincial secretary general of Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI)," senior police official Pir Muhammad Shah told The Anadolu Agency.

JUI is one of the country’s two mainstream religious parties.

Shah said the incident was one of a spate of recent targeted sectarian killings.

The Karachi office of Express TV was rocked by hand grenades two months ago, leaving two security guards injured.

The TV channel has not commented on the attacks, but sources have told AA that TTP was responsible.

The channel's news director, Fahad Hussein, said later that the governement had failed to protect his staff.

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