At least eight persons including three activists of MQM were killed in separate incidents of violence in different areas of the city after Tuesday midnight.

According to details, bullet riddled and tortured bodies of two persons were retrieved from Malir Cantonment area. The bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they were identified as Muhammad Azhar Khan and Kamran Ali. The deceased were activists of MQM and hailed from Ehsanabad area in Scheme-33 of Sohrab Goth.

The Sohrab Goth area remained tense after the discovery of the two MQM workers’ bodies and the party leadership also protested against the double murder. They demanded that the authorities immediately arrest the murderers of the activists.

Armed motorcyclists gunned down senior MQM worker Anwer Alam alias Babu near the party’s sector office close to Noorani Kabab House in Ferozabad area.

Following the murder, armed miscreants resorted to aerial firing and forced the traders to close their businesses. Activists and the leadership of the MQM launched a protest and demanded that the authorities arrest the killers.

Syed Mehdi Raza, aged between 40 and 45, was shot to death in Nazimabad No-2 near the Jamia Imamia Imambargah.

Tension gripped the area after Raza’s slaying and unidentified men resorted to aerial firing and created panic among the locals. The funeral prayers of the deceased were offered at the Alay Aba Imambargah and he was buried at the Wadi-e-Islam in North Karachi.

Separately, Registrar of the Dawood College of Engineering and Technology Ghulam Shabbir Bhaghio and his 25-year-old son Farooq were shot at near Time Medicos on the National Stadium Road in the New Town police limits.

The victims lived in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Both victims are struggling for their lives and remain in critical condition.

Two more bodies were found lying near the Navy Boundry Wall of Ilyas Goth in Ibrahim Haidri area. The bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).

Also, a tortured and bullet riddled body was found from the Malir City area near Bakra Piri. Police said that criminals kidnapped the victim from an unknown location and dumped his body in the area after brutally torturing the man and killing him. Meanwhile one person was killed and two injured when unknown miscreants hurdled a hand grenade at a hotel in Quaidabad area and fled the scene. The injured including a minor were rushed to hospital for treatment. The building of adjacent hotel was also partially damaged due to the blast.