Girl kidnapped from Karachi’s Defence area

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KARACHI: A girl was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Defence area of Karachi’s District South by alleged armed kidnappers in a car, who also shot and critically injured her male friend.

This is the second major kidnapping incident of a girl in the Defence Housing Authority as earlier another young girl, was kidnapped in the same manner in May this year and was later released after her family paid a handsome ransom to the kidnappers.

The incident took place at Bukhari Commercial, also known as Bara Bukhari in DHA within the limits of Darakhshan Police Station on early hours of Sunday.

The victim’s friend Haris Soomro who was wounded in the incident was initially taken to the National Medical Center on Korangi Road but later moved to the Aga Khan University Hospital.

Senior police officials, including district south operations and investigations SSPs, also reached the crime scene and have launcehed an investigation into the incident.

District South police chief SSP Sheraz Nazeer told The News that the police have only one witness in this case, and they are also trying to obtain the CCTV footage of the crime scene to trace and arrest the suspected kidnappers.

The injured person in his initial statement told the police that they were on their way to Bara Bukhari when four men in a car abducted his friend, and fled after shooting him. SSP Nazeer said the boy was shot in the neck which penetrated into his chest.

The doctors were trying to save his life while the parents of both the youngsters have been informed about the incident.

The police were also looking to record the statements of the families and friends for any possible clues about the abductors.

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