3 dead, 9 injured in clash between two groups in Khairpur

Three people were killed and nine injured when a clash broke out between two Sunni sects in Jani Burira village located in Kot Digi in Khairpur District.
A gun battle broke out between the members of two rallies one of which was being held to mark Eid Miladun Nabi in the vicinity of the city’s Hussainabad Police Station, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Azfar Maheser told.
The area has been cordoned off by police and Rangers officials.
Those killed have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed, Abdul Latif and Zulfiqar Buriro. The deceased and the injured have been shifted to a local hospital.
Director General Health Services Sindh Akhlaq Ahmed Khan has confirmed that three bodies and seven injured have been brought to Khairpur District Headquarters Hospital. The injured are being managed, he said.
Kot Diji police have picked up 12 suspects following the incident. SSP Azfar Mahesar told that these suspects also included some who were already wanted by police in different murder cases. He said that 10 empty cartridges from a 9mm pistol and one from a sub-machine gun were found from the site of the incident.
Another police officer said that activists of a banned outfit were involved in the incident and the name of one of the suspects, Paryal Shah, was already included in the Fourth Schedule.
He was among the people who had objected to the holding of this procession “without his permission,” he said.
He said that the rally had been staged without written permission, but when Kot Diji police told the activists not to stage a rally, they agreed to disperse.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwer Sial and Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja have taken notice of the incident and have demanded a detailed report from SSP Mahesar.
IG Khawaja has said the police is investigating whether a banned outfit is involved in the incident and assured that strict action would be taken against those responsible. He added that the area has been cordoned off by police and Rangers officials to ensure that there are no further clashes.
The IG also said that law and order situation is being reviewed by the police in view of Eid Miladun Nabi, which falls on Friday.
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