ISLAMABAD, March 7 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and several others injured on Wednesday in different firing incidents as armed tension gripped Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, local media reported.
According to the reports, some unknown armed people suddenly came out in different areas of the city, and started aerial firing triggering panic among the masses.
The armed gunmen forced the owners of the shops and shopping centers, petrol pumps and CNG stations to close their businesses. The public and private transports also went off the roads after the miscreants torched many cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses.
The miscreants went on firing in almost every part of the city for many hours despite the patrolling by police. Around a dozen of firing incidents were reported in different parts of the city that killed at least seven people besides leaving many others injured.
In a single incident in the Gulshan area of the city, at least three people were killed and one injured when some unidentified gunmen riding on motorcycles sprayed bullets at a group of people standing at the roadside.
Hospital officials confirmed the number of dead people who were taken to the hospital and said all were killed by bullets wounds. In another incident over 100 shops and stalls were burnt when a fire broke out in the vegetable market located near the Super Highway.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Rangers raided many houses and reportedly arrested three miscreants including a would-be suicide bomber.