KARACHI, March 23: At least eight terrorists were killed and more than 30 suspected militants were arrested in separate raids in different areas of the metropolis.
A police team led by SSP Rao Anwar conducted a raid in Quetta Town at Super Highway on a tip-off regarding presence of militants.
Witnessing arrival of police into the area, the criminals opened indiscriminate fire and heavy exchange of gunfire ensued. SSP Anwar said that the criminals were using modern weapons against the police.
“They fired rockets at the police party upon arrival in the area,” he claimed.
He confirmed that three terrorists had been killed by the police. He informed that the slain terrorists belonged to a banned terror outfit. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a raid at Pathan Colony in Orangi Town, killing three suspects and arresting 15 others.
In yet another raid conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), two suspects were killed while large numbers of weapons were recovered from their possession. The suspects were making explosives.
Police claimed to have arrested 10 suspected members of a banned outfit during a raid in Orangi Town area of the city.
A senior police official told media that the suspects were taken into custody in a search operation in Farid Colony locality.
He said an exchange of fire also took place between the police and the armed men.
Identities of the detainees were not disclosed. Police on Sunday arrested four ‘target killers’ who they claimed were affiliated with a political party, and reportedly involved in the killing of political rivals.
The suspects were arrested from the Preedy area after a brief encounter with police personnel. Several weapons and ammunition were recovered from the arrested suspects.
Police asserted that the arrested suspects were involved in target killing, snatching the hides of sacrificial animals and extortion.