KARACHI: Three suspected militants and a police ASI were killed while one Ranger and a female police officer was injured in separate incidents on Friday evening.
Rangers raided a suspected terrorist hideout in Manghopir area of Karachi on Friday evening in which three suspects were killed and two others were apprehended in an injured condition.
A Sindh Rangers spokesperson said that troops raided a location on Ijtimah Gah road, Manghopir after receiving intelligence reports that terrorists linked with a banned organisation were holed up in the area.
As Rangers approached the location, suspects hiding in an isolated house fired on the paramilitary troops.
Rangers returned fire.
Encountering stiff resistance, additional Rangers troops were sought and dispatched to the area.
After a fierce gun battle, the Rangers spokesperson said three suspects were killed. Two others were apprehended in an injured condition. 1 suspect managed to flee owing to darkness in the area.
The spokesperson added that a Ranger was also injured in the gunfight.
The injured Ranger was shifted to the Rangers hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the injured suspects were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Rangers claimed they had recovered weapons from the house including three pistols, seven hand grenades, suicide jackets and explosives.
The spokesperson further claimed that the suspects were linked to attacks on Rangers and police. The spokesperson added that suspects were involved in the suicide attack on the Rangers HQ located in North Nazimabad and a number of other blasts in District West and Central.
Further, the suspects are believed to be involved in target killings of police officials, kidnappings for ransom to raise funds for militant organisations.
Prior to the raid, the spokesperson claimed, the suspects were belived to have been planning attacks in the city in the coming days.
Raid on Peoples Amn Committee hideout
Separately, the Rangers raided hideouts of the defunct Peoples Amn Committee in Old Golimar area of Karachi.
A Rangers spokesperson said that they arrested two suspected gangsters. They also recovered weapons, walkie talkie sets, and narcotics.
ASI killed, lady officer injured
An ASI with the Police National Volunteer service was killed and a female police officer was injured when armed men riding on motorcycles opened fire at their camp near Liaquatabad on Friday evening.
DSP Wajahat Hussain said that the officers had been posted at a temporary police camp near Firdous shopping mall in Liaquatabad. Police camps have been established near major shopping centres ahead of Eid.
ASI Muhammad Ali was killed in the attack while the female officer, posted to the Liaquatabad Women's Police Station was injured. The dead and injured were shifted to hospital.
Their assailants managed to escape.