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New violence hits Karachi

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 00:47

Aug.20 - Policemen killed in further bloodshed in the Pakistani city of Karachi as gunmen attack their patrol vehicle. NO REPORTER NARRATION.

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Violence in the Pakistani city of Karachi went on into Friday night. At least four police personnel were killed when gunmen targeted the van in which they were sitting on routine patrol. A passer-by was also killed in the midnight attack. More than a dozen other people have been wounded. Karachi's police chief said on Friday more than 50 people had been killed in three days of violence. Fighting erupted on Wednesday in and around the old district of Lyari which has long been a focus of battles between rival gangs, and is a stronghold of President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party. The trouble then spread to nearby parts of the west side of Karachi. What started as gang warfare has since expanded to include political and ethnic clashes, a phenomenon that has plagued the city. Street thugs and ethnic gangs have been used as foot soldiers by political parties fighting a turf war in a city that contributes about two thirds of Pakistan's tax revenue. About 300 people lost their lives in July, one of the deadliest months in almost two decades.

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New violence hits Karachi

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 00:47