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 33 killed in Karachi violence
 Updated at: 0923 PST,  Monday, December 01, 2008
33 killed in Karachi violence KARACHI: At least 33 people have been killed and over 100 injured in separate incidents of firing and violence which erupted on Saturday in the metropolis.

Dozens of vehicles were set on fire while state and private properties were damaged in different violent incidents.

Meanwhile, Sindh Government has imposed a three-day ban on pillion riding in the city and directed the law enforcement agencies to be on high alert.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, while taking notice of Karachi violence, have sought report within 24 hours. They have directed the law enforcement agencies to keep close eye on the miscreants’ elements.

The series of violence, started from Banaras Chowk on Saturday evening, continues so far in various parts of the city.

Due to the incidents of firing and violence, 33 people have so far been killed and 110 including 19 women sustained injuries while unknown persons torched over two dozens vehicles, six shops, one warehouse and a marriage hall in various areas of the metropolis.

Dead bodies and wounded persons were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Qatar Hospital. Situation is still tense in various areas including Banaras Colony, Orangi Town and North Nazimabad.

Different trade circles of city, markets, petrol pumps, shops and CNG stations remained closed and transport system in the city completely came to standstill. Interior department Sindh has declared red alert in the city and deployed more than 500 rangers and increased Police patrolling in different parts of the city.

So far, 40 miscreants have been held by police from various areas of the city in connection with the riots.

The entire city was in the grip of tension and fear. While city administration has also declared emergency in all hospitals. Police department has also cancelled police vacations in view of the law and order situation.
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