Hostage situation ends as police kill gunman

Hostage remains unhurt


Our Correspondent July 14, 2021
Following the alleged double homicide Arthurs briefly held three people hostage at a shop near his apartment in the Florida city of Tampa. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI:

A suspect was killed by the police after he allegedly took a woman hostage while attempting to escape in Surjani Town.

The hostage remained unhurt in the incident.

According to the West district police, the suspect and his accomplices were escaping following a robbery. The suspects had also snatched the rifle of a security guard in the area. A mobile squad of Surjani Town police alerted by the message on wireless saw the suspects and started chasing them. The alleged robbers riding motorbikes tried to lose the fuzz by driving into narrow lanes where the mobile pickup could not enter.

However, the police team managed to intercept them.

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The suspects opened fire at the police and attempted to escape, while one of them entered a nearby home and took a woman hostage.

Police officials surveyed the boundary wall of the house and found just the right place from where they could get a good shot of the target and brought him down while keeping the woman safe. The deceased was identified as Basheer Khan. The pistol used for firing at the police and the rifle snatched from the guard were also recovered from the suspect.

Police shifted the body of the slain suspect to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2021.

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