WATCH: Lone mugger loots worshippers at Karachi mosque

Armed robber snatches mobile phones and Rs10,000 from three worshippers, says muezzin of Faizan-e-Attar Masjid

By
Danial Syed

KARACHI: Amid authorities' failure to rein in unabated snatching and robbery incidents in Karachi, muggers did not even spare mosque goers in the metropolis’ Karimabad area.

According to a muezzin of Faizan-e-Attar Masjid, a lone armed robber entered the mosque on Friday night and snatched mobile phones and Rs10,000 cash from three worshippers present inside the mosque.

According to police personnel, the mosque administration did not register a first information report (FIR) of the incident.

They said Azizabad police are collecting CCTV footage of the incident from different places.

It is pertinent to mention here that at least 19 citizens in Karachi fell victim to shootouts by robbers this Ramadan.

According to a report, over 6,780 street crime incidents took place in Karachi in one month, while 20 vehicles were snatched and more than 130 others stolen.

The report also stated that 830 motorcycles were snatched and 4,200 others stolen during the holy month, whereas the number of mobile phones snatched was 1,600.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said Wednesday that the "illegal residents" in Karachi are to blame for the street crimes.

Memon told journalists after offering Eid ul Fitr prayers in Hyderabad: "The Sindh government is making every possible effort to control street crimes [...] 'Illegal settlers' are the cause of street crime."