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Pakistan Officials Report New Killings in Karachi

An injured victim of shooting incident is brought to a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, 16 Oct 2010

Pakistani officials said five more people have been killed in the southern port city of Karachi, raising the death toll from four days of political violence to at least 36. Authorities said the latest victims were fatally shot Tuesday by attackers.

About 50 people have been wounded in the violence, which began Saturday in Karachi. The unrest coincided with a by-election Sunday to replace a lawmaker killed earlier this year.

Provincial lawmaker Raza Haider from the Muttahida Quami Movement was gunned down in Karachi in August. The assassination sparked four days of violence that killed at least 85 people.

MQM, which largely represents the Urdu-speaking community, and the rival Awami National Party, representing ethnic Pashtuns, blame each other for the violence.

The city of 16 million people is prone to ethnic and sectarian killings, crime and kidnappings.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.