Karachi violence toll climbs to 47 (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 18 (IANS) The unabated violence in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi has claimed 47 lives in the last two days, a media report said.

Firing continues in the old city areas, including Lyari, and those surrounding it while the toll during the last 17 hours in the targeted killings in the provincial capital has mounted to 31, Geo News reported late Thursday.

Eighteen out of the 31 killed were were killed after being abducted from houses and passenger buses in different parts of Karchi city.

According to police and Capital Police Liaison Centre (CPLC), reports were coming in of 30 people having gone missing.

Violence gripped the city after Pakistan People’s Party former lawmaker Ahmed Karimdad was killed in the Lyari area Wednesday.

His killing had been preceded by five youngsters being gunned down in different parts of the city.

Over 300 people have died in violence in Karachi over the past few weeks.

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