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Karachi security guards shoot boys they suspected were robbers

Witness says the boys told the guard they were visiting a friend

Two security guards shot and injured two youngsters on suspicion that they were robbers in North Nazimabad Block N on Tuesday morning. The boys have been identified as 20-year-old Mubashir and 17-year-old Saleem.

Police said that the boy’s friend, Hamza, was present at the time of the shooting. Hamza registered an FIR at the Taimuria Police Station.

The FIR has been registered under section 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to a witness, Hamza, Mubashir, and Saleem went out to buy a mobile phone for Saleem from Hyderi market. They got the phone and headed to their friend Ayan Ali’s house in North Nazimabad Block N after Fajr prayers. Ayan’s apartment is built on top of Fair View Builders & Developer’s office building.

“We reached around 6am and started calling Ayan’s name so he would come down, that’s when two armed men walked out of the of Fair View Builder’s office,” Hamza was quoted in the FIR as saying.

Hamza said that the boys mistook the guards for robbers and started inching their motorcycle forward.

“I informed the men that the boys are with me and we’re just here to meet our friend Ayan,” he said. “The next thing I knew, the men were shooting at my friends. Mubashir and Saleem fell to the ground and I ran to them and the men left.”

The SHO of Taimuria said that a security guard named Zahid has been arrested and weapons have been taken from him.

Police said that the guard mistook the boys for robbers and opened fire.

The injured boys have been shifted to Liaquat National Hospital. They are in a stable condition.

Saleem, 17, had two bullet wounds, one on his back and the other in his chest. Mubashir had a bullet wound in his back. He also suffered a head injury due to the fall. The boys were not stable enough to give a statement to the police.

14-year-old shot at Rizivia underpass

A similar event occurred on March 29 when a 14-year-old boy named Ayan was shot by a guard at the Rizvia Society underpass.

Ayan’s uncle, Luqman, registered an FIR at the Rizvia Police Station. According to the FIR, Ayan was shot around 3 am when he left the house to get milk for Sehri.

He was passing by the Rizvia Society underpass with his friend Owais when they stopped by a police check post where some men in plainclothes were standing with police officers.

“One of the non-uniformed men grabbed Owais’s motorcycle which made him trip and fall to the ground,” Ayan’s uncle was quoted as saying in the FIR.

Seeing this, Ayan hurriedly turned his bike around. When he turned around, one of the non-uniformed men shot him in the back multiple times.

Luqman said that the non-uniformed were filming a video during the shooting.

The injured boy, Ayaan, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital. Ayan’s lower body has been crippled by a bullet injury to the spine.

On April 2, the authorities arrested three suspects, including the main accused involved in the shooting.

The suspects Faraz and Irfan were also present with the police along with the main suspect Safdar.

The police have requested the Interior department to check the arms license of the suspects. A 9mm pistol and bullet shells have been sent for a forensic scan.

The inquiry committee of SP West visited Rizvia underpass and recorded the statements of police officials present at the spot at the time of the shooting.

Police officers from Gulbahar and Rizvia police stations will also be investigated in connection with the firing.

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