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Baby killed in Karachi in retaliation for family ‘harbouring’ runaway

April 13, 2019
 

An eight-month-old was killed in Karachi’s Manghopir Friday night after unidentified men opened fire at her house. 

Three men in masks entered the house with guns at night, the child’s father Mehmood told the police. “They fired twice and one bullet hit my child,” he said.

The men believed the family was harbouring a woman who had run away from their village. Mehmood and his wife are from the same village in Sindh’s Kamber-Shahdadkot.

A young woman fled the village and the men believed she was hiding at Mehmood’s house. But Mehmood and family don’t know her, nor have they seen her.

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He had registered a complaint on February 6 at Manghopir police station over a group of men entering his house and threatening his family but no action was taken.

Four men entered Mehmood’s house on February 6 and threatened his two daughters, a 10-year-old and the then six-month-old, and his wife. Two men, identified as Abdullah and Muhammad Sharif, searched the house and claimed that a young woman from their village was hiding there.

Their assumption was based on the fact that Mehmood and his family were the only people from their village living in Karachi.

The police have begun an investigation into the attack.

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