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ETHNIC VIOLENCE CLAIMS 8 PEOPLE IN KARACHI

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Gunmen killed eight people Thursday including a policeman and his son in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, where 104 people have died in ethnic and sectarian violence this month, police and hospital sources said.

Witnesses said a police subinspector and his son were shot dead in District Central on their way home from a shopping trip.Two bodies with bullet wounds, one of them a woman, were brought to a hospital from the same district, police said.

Hospital sources said two more people had been shot dead in District Central and two in District South but had no details.

The deaths followed Wednesday night's drive-by shooting near the headquarters of the ethnic Mohajir National Movement in which three MQM activists were killed and three wounded.

The MQM is fighting to redress the grievances of Karachi's majority Mohajir community.