KARACHI: Five suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with paramilitary force on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday night.
The encounter took place when the Rangers conducted a raid on a suspected militant hideout near Ijtimagah Road in Manghopir.
The area has seen a number of clashes between militants and Rangers.
“As soon as we reached the militants’ hideout and were busy in cordoning it off, they (militants) resorted to indiscriminate fire at the Rangers’ troops. They also hurled a hand grenade, injuring a Rangers’ personnel,” a Rangers Sindh spokesperson told The Express Tribune.
“Our jawans also retaliated with full force and after an exchange of fire, five militants were killed.”
Extra contingents of police were summoned to provide Rangers support. During the operation, policeman Zulfiqar was wounded.
During the raid, Rangers said they had recovered two improvised explosive devices, three Kalashnikovs and two pistols from the possession of the killed militants.
The bodies of the militants were shifted to an Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth for identification after medico-legal formalities completed at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Meanwhile, Manghopir SHO Ghulam Hussain Korai said that the raid was conducted to apprehend TTP’s commander Yasin Mehsud. However, he could not say anything about the identities of those killed during the raid, all between 30 to 35 years of age, adding that they were trying to verify their identities.
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