KARACHI: Two people were killed while three others sustained injuries in firing and grenade attacks in the Lyari area of the metropolis on Thursday.
According to rescue sources, unidentified outlaws hurled a hand grenade near the Lyari General Hospital that left three people injured. The injured were rushed to the hospital.
Meanwhile, an incident of firing took place in Haji Camp area of Lyari where unidentified assailants gunned down a man. Another man was killed in the Kashri Chowk area.
Meanwhile, another three people were killed in separate incidents in the city on Thursday.
According to police, a man was found strangulated to death at his house in Railway Housing Society, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Sector 13-D-2. The victim was identified as Raza, 65, son of Fazal Karim. Police said that the victim committed suicide and was found hanging from a ceiling fan of his room. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
In another incident, a 30-year-old unidentified man was killed after being hit by a train at Malir 15 Railway Crossing. The body could not be identified yet. The victim was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy.
Separately, a 70-year-old man was found dead in Rexor Colony. Police said it could be case of an overdose of drugs. He was shifted to a morgue after legal formalities.
Arrests: Meanwhile, Rangers conducted raids in various parts of Karachi and arrested at least 80 suspected criminals including 5 alleged terrorists.
Many of the suspects were released after initial investigation. Rangers have claimed to arrest five alleged terrorists during targeted operation in Landhi area of Karachi.
According to details, Rangers personnel conducted targeted operation in Ataur Rehman Goth area of Landhi on a tip-off regarding the presence of criminal elements in the area.
Around 800 personnel including women participated while entry/exit points were sealed before conducting the operation.
Rangers arrested 25 of the suspects during a raid in Attaur Rahman Goth. They also seized a vehicle, 14 pistols, three Kalashnikov rifles, three guns, 30 magazines and 15,000 cartridges during the raid.
The targeted operation started in Karachi after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the metropolitan in September last year in a bid to devise a strategy to curb violence.
With the provincial government on board, the prime minister had given a go-ahead to the paramilitary force to conduct raids and arrest criminals with the help of the police.
According to a 5-month police report on Karachi targeted operations, around 601 suspects were arrested out of which 213 were wanted; 153 were arrested in target killing cases and 71 were arrested in kidnapping for ransom cases.
The report revealed that incidents of target killing were reduced by 56% while murders and street crimes were reduced by 30% since the operation began.
Remand: Moreover, personnel of the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, along with their own counsel produced at five activists of banned outfits, Siraj, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Ramzan, Shameer and Tayyeb before the ATC-II Judge under tight security.
The paramilitary force had information about their alleged involvement in targeted killings and other offences.
They contended that the suspects were required to be questioned for their alleged involvement in criminal activities. According to the Rangers, activists arrested during raid in Qasba Colony. The suspects belong to banned outfits.
The recent amendments in Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 Section II EEEEE in November 2013 have authorized the paramilitary force to detain suspects till three months for interrogations.
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