Karachi violence claims 109 lives in July

July 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 18 (UPI) -- Officials in Pakistan say 109 people died in violence in Karachi in the first 17 days of July.

Violence has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 victims so far this year and the situation appears to be getting worse in Pakistan's financial capital despite the efforts of law enforcement agencies, Geo News reported Wednesday.

Traders, businessmen and police officers have been targeted by extortionists and killers, the news channel reported.

Geo News said 52 police officers have been killed in Karachi in the past six months. Eighteen civilians were kidnapped for ransom and more than 200 businessmen have received extortion notes.

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