Commercial centres and private educational institutions were also closed in the wake of the violence that intensified on Tuesday claiming at least 29 lives. At least 12 of the victims were killed in an attack on a scrap market in the city’s Shershah area.
In the Shershah attack, most of those killed were shopkeepers and workers. Nine people were also injured in the incident when about 10 unknown gunmen opened fire.
Sindh Youth Affairs Minister Faisal Sabzwari said almost all victims of the Shershah attack belonged to the Urdu-speaking community. The attack was followed by several incidents of shooting in different areas, leaving several more people dead.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) alleged that elements involved in ‘Lyari gang war’ were involved in the Shershah attack.
In a statement, the MQM coordination committee said there was credible information that Lyari gangsters Baba Ladla, Jabbar Langra, Faisal Pathan, Fahad, Mulla Raju, Shafi Magsi, Lal Mohammad Magsi and Zubair Wehsi had carried out the attack.
It said the attackers had gone to the junk market on motorcycles from Mewashah graveyard, but they were not intercepted by police.
The MQM was observing a day of mourning on Wednesday.