KARACHI: Three alleged militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during a raid by Rangers personnel in the Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi, Karachi, Express News reported on Friday.
The security officers raided TTP hideouts after receiving a tip off that the militants were planning an attack on the 10th of Muharram.
The militants reportedly retaliated and during the exchange of fire, one Rangers official also lost his life.
Hand grenades and weapons were also seized during the operation.
On October 2, six alleged militants of the outlawed TTP were killed in two encounters with the police and the Rangers in Karachi. A large cache of weapons and 200kg of explosives were also recovered, officials had claimed.
An alleged member of the TTP was also killed on September 18 during an encounter in Karachi’s Manghopir area. Separately, two suspected terrorists were apprehended from Gulshan-e-Buner area of Quaidabad.
Security during 9th and 10th Muharram
The army will be deployed in Karachi on Muharram 9 and 10 on Sindh government’s request and they will be deployed in other parts of Sindh if need be, the Rangers spokesperson had announced.
The army will be deployed as the third-line force, while the Rangers and the police will deal with preliminary matters, he had explained.
Section 144 is already imposed in the city as the display of weapons is prohibited.
Also, on November 12 the Sindh government had requested the federal interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services in Sindh on Muharram 10.
According to the Express News Bureau chief Karachi Aslam Khan, the Sindh interior ministry had requested the federal ministry to mull blocking the cellular services in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas on Muhaaram 10 for security purposes.
Earlier, Sindh government had imposed ban on pillion riding for Muharram 9 and 10.