KARACHI - Five people including a former income tax commissioner were gunned down in separate acts of target killing in different parts of the metropolis on Thursday.

In the first incident, at least four armed men on a car opened firing at the former income tax commissioner, namely Mumtaz Sheikh, 65, near his home in Defence Phase IV within Gizri police remit.

Police officials said that the deceased was also the member of the local government revenue and the incident took place when he was on his corolla car to go revenue office. His driver remained safe in the attack. Police officials said that the culprits used kalashnikov and police have also found empty shells of the kalashnikov from the crime scene.

DSP Sheraz Asghar Sheikh said that the deceased was shot at least four times in different parts of his body and died at the spot. His body was later moved to PNS Shifa. The police officer said that the footages from the CCTV cameras installed at the victim’s home and his neighbouring houses were being obtained which would be helpful for the investigators to probe the case. He said that nothing could be said about the motive until the investigation is completed. No case was registered till filing of the report.

In another act of target killing, a government school teacher belonging to the Ahmedi community was shot dead in Gulistan Colony within the limits of Chakiwara police station. He was identified as Abdul Ghaffar, 35, son of Mohammad Buksh.

 Police officials said that the victim was shot twice and died during treatment at Civil Hospital, Karachi, adding that two armed men shot and killed him when he was getting on a bus after leaving the school to reach his home located at Baldia Town.  Separately, 25-year-old Umair Haider was killed and two of his friends namely Najam Ahmed, 25, and Khizar Hayat, 26, were injured near board office Chowrangi within the limits of North Nazimabad police station.

Police officials said that three armed men on two motorcycles opened indiscriminate firing at the victims who on their two motorcycles were on the way to their homes in Orangi Town after getting admission form from the Jinnah Polytechnic College in North Nazimabad.

The motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained, he said. In Manghopir, a young man identified as Iqbal, 38, was gunned down in an act of target killing near his home in Sultanabad locality. Police officials said that the deceased was going somewhere when unidentified armed men shot and killed him while the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained. His body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Meanwhile, an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, namely Irfan Ahmed, 28, who was injured within Napier police station remit on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries during treatment at Civil Hospital, Karachi. He was injured when he was going somewhere.