KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Singh claimed to have detained at least 20 suspected members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during a targeted raid conducted at Kunwari Colony, and area in Manghopir, on Sunday.
The grand operation that was to be launched across the city after Muharram 10 was initiated after the passing of a long time. The third phase of the operation is against banned outfits' militants, target killers, terrorists, extortionists and others criminals.
The paramilitary force launched the targeted operation in Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir that falls within the limits of Pirabad police station of Orangi Town.
Around 1,000 Rangers' personnel and squad of anti-terrorism force participated in the operation, along with women wings, while aerial surveillance was also maintained.
Paramilitary force condoned the entire locality and allowed nobody to enter or exit during the operation hours. With Rangers, the police was also on the backup for support.
During the door-to-door operation, Rangers apprehended around 20 suspects and claimed their affiliation with the TTP, the officials also claimed to have recovered weapons from their custody.
Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir is said to be a stronghold of TTP, and a number of TTP men are operating from there to carry out terror activities across the city.
A number of Taliban have been arrested from the area in the past, whereas several bomb making factories also discovered in various part of Manghopir, including Kunwari Colony, Pakhtunabad, Rasheedabad and Sultanabad areas.
Officials claimed the operation was a 'major success' that led to the seizure of a crude bomb-making factory, huge caches of arms and explosives with stocks of ball bearings and deadly chemicals, as had been used in bomb attacks during Muharram.
"It was an intelligence based operation. We received a tip-off about the arrival of new members of Taliban in the area, who planned to carry out terror activities in the metropolis," said Rangers official. "We are sure about the presence of at least four hardcore Taliban militants among the detainees."
He said that the detainees are currently being questioned. The detainees were shifted to an undisclosed location for further questioning.
After Muharram and Rabiul Awwal, it was the first grand operation in Karachi; however, more such operations will continue in future.
Separately, law enforcers claimed to have nabbed around 100 criminals during other targeted raids and operations conducted across the city.
As per details, Pakistan Rangers Singh apprehended around 11 suspects during separate raids in Mehran Town, Sharafi Goth, 400 Quarters, Pareshan Chowk, Nazimabad, Jahanabad, Kalri, Baghdadi and Khadda Market. Weapons were also recovered from the custody of suspects, Rangers' spokesman informed.
Separately, Karachi police detained around 89 alleged criminals during 93 raids and six encounters. Spokesman of Sindh police also said that weapons were recovered from the suspects' possession.
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