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Target killings claim 10 lives in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 4, IRNA -- At least 10 people were killed in target attacks in different areas of Pakistan on Sunday, police said.

Six people were killed in firing incidents across the port city of Karachi, while five including a police official were injured, police sources said.

Karachi is in the grip of target killings and the Supreme Court says the law enforcement agencies have failed to curb such attacks.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, giving details about violence in Karachi told the parliament in September, that a total of 1,363 people have lost their lives at the hands of target killers during the past five years.

Giving a breakdown of the figure, Malik said that 104 people had been killed in year 2008, 160 in 2009, 373 in 2010, 478 in 2011 and 248 so far in 2012.

Meanwhile, three people were killed when unidentified men opened fire on a hotel in the restive Balochistan province on Sunday.

Police said the three men were sitting at a hotel in Turbat district when unidentified men riding on motorcycles opened fire on the hotel. The men, who were reportedly from esstern Punjab, wanted to enter Greece via Iran illegally.

Gunmen killed a group of 18 people in the same area in July, who also wanted to cross the border illegally.

In another incident an anti-Taliban leader was shot dead in Northwest Pakistan on Sunday, the second leader killed in attack.

Abdul Rehman was a prominent member of a pro-government militia in Lower Dir district. He had survived two previous attempts on his life.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80400540

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