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Wave of violence in Karachi kills 39 in 2 days

The AP reports from KARACHI, Pakistan:

A wave of violence killed 39 people in the last 2 days in Pakistan's largest city, with many of the victims tortured, shot and stuffed in sacks that were dumped on the streets, officials said Thursday.

There has been a surge in killings in Karachi in recent weeks that many blame on gangs affiliated with the city's main political parties. Many of the victims were tortured, shot in the head and stuffed in burlap sacks, he said.

A resident in one of the neighborhoods that has experienced much of the violence said people were afraid to leave their homes for fear of being killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the fear of being targeted. Read the full story.

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Family members surround a boy wounded in a wave of violence in Karachi, Pakistan on August 17.

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A woman mourns the death of a family member in Karachi on August 17.

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Mourners carry the coffin of Waja Karimdad, a former Member of Parliament from the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), during his funeral ceremony in Karachi on August 18. Karimdad was among those killed in the fresh wave of violence in Karachi, where hundreds of additional police and paramilitary troops were deployed last month.