Pakistan

KARACHI – Armed robbers got away with Rs0.3 million from a mosque in Karachi’s Soldier Bazaar yesterday, sparking unrest among the faithful in Sindh capital.

Police said that at least seven gunmen barged into Qadri Masjid located at Parsi Colony within the limits of Nabi Bux police station.

The robbers entered the mosque after climbing a wall. They also beat up its caretaker, Ghulam Nabi, when he offered resistance and held him hostage at gunpoint by tightening his hands with ropes, according to media reports.

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The intruders, however, managed to escape after looting cash from the cupboard and a donation box in the mosque also took a repeater gun with them, which was meant for the security guard, the reports added.

SP Shahla Qureshi told the media that the police initiated investigations when prayer leader Fariduddin Qadri launched a complaint about the incident.

A statement of the caretaker has also been recorded while an FIR No 164/17 has been registered against unidentified robbers.