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5 Afghans killed in Karachi unrest

5 Afghans killed in Karachi unrest

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Aug 23, 2011 - 14:26

KARACHI (PAN): Five Afghan citizens were killed in the latest wave of unrest in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, the country's commercial hub, officials said on Tuesday.

Over the past one week of ethnic clashes in the sprawling city, more than a hundred people have been killed and many others wounded. Five Afghans were killed and two others injured by unidentified gunmen late on Monday.

Abdul Rauf Masumi, an Afghan consulate official in Karachi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the refugees were killed in separate incidents. The clashes took place in Sher Shah Bandar, Landhi and in Baldia Town areas, he said.

Haji Abdullah, a leader of the Afghan refugee's camp, said the men were killed on the Super Highway while going to work. "Supporters of two rival groups are attacking each other. Afghan residents are working in the different parts of the city."

Taza Gul, an Afghan who has been living in Karachi for the past 20 years, said he had lost two sons, who ran a bakery in Baldia Town, to the clashes.

Afghan Consul General Abdul Ahad Khaliqyar said some Afghans had joined the two rival political parties in the area. But victims had no links to any political group, he explained.

At least 101 people have fallen prey to ethnic and criminal violence blamed on gangsters in the last week. The bodies of nine individual, who were kidnapped days earlier, were found stuffed into sacks and thrown on the streets.

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