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Killings in Karachi decline by over 50% in 2015: police report

KARACHI: The menace of killings in Karachi has registered a considerable decline by more than 50 percent in first six months of the year following operation of law enforcement agencies, says a report released by Karachi police.

According to police report, as many as 501 people lost their lives in incidents of killings from January 1, 2015 to June 30th this year. While during the corresponding period in 2014, the figure stood at 1,062.

The report further elaborates that in 2011, around 2,042 people lost their lives to killings, followed by 2,403 in 2012; 2,789 in 2013; 1,823 in 2014.

In 2015 so far, law enforcement agencies had 965 encounters in which 424 criminals were killed. While 17,103 criminals were nabbed during police operations.

In fighting against criminals and terrorists in the city, as many as 55 policemen were martyred this year. While in 2014, the number of martyred cops was 142.

It’s ironic to note that heatwave in the city killed almost 1,200 people – a figure which double the number of target killings in the city in first six months.

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