Terrorism bid foiled in Karachi; explosive-laden vehicle seized

* Rangers arrest at least 15 suspects during targeted operations
Terrorism bid foiled in Karachi; explosive-laden vehicle seized

KARACHI: Police have seized an explosion-laden vehicle, reportedly prepared for targeting a key political or police figure.
According to reports, acting on a tip off a federal intelligence agency and the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh Police recovered the vehicle in Mauripur area with 100 kilogrammes of explosives.
Three suspects, identified as Humayun, Saeed Ayub and Umar Farooq alias Faridullah, were also arrested from the scene.
CID officials claimed Faridullah was an expert in preparing explosive laden vehicles for carrying out terrorist activities. They said the accused was also involved in the Abbas Town blasts.
Meanwhile, the Rangers arrested at least 15 suspects during targeted operations in different areas of the city on Friday.
According to the Ranger spokesman, the suspects were arrested from Bhittaiabad, Bilal Colony, Baldia Town, Kalri, Baghdadi, Kalakot, Chakewara and Frontier Colony areas of the city.
The arrested suspects were involved in several crimes, including target killings, he said.
The Rangers also recovered 16 weapons and drugs from the suspects’ custody.
It is to be mentioned here that the targeted operations are being carried out on a daily basis across the city to eliminate criminals.
Separately, city police, during 87 raids and four encounters, have arrested 88 accused and recovered 15 pistols and drugs from them.
According to a press release, 15 accused were arrested under the arms act, 20 under the narcotics act, one for extortion, two for dacoity and 24 others for different crimes.
Also on Friday, an Anti-Terrorism Court-III (ATC-III) remanded a constable until March 5 to police custody in extortion case.
According to the prosecution, the suspects demanded Rs 30,000 protection money from Abdul Ubaid, a trader in Shah Faisal Colony, on February 20.
Police arrested the suspect while receiving the extorting money from Ubaid near Noor Centre in Shah Faisal Colony on February 20.
The investigation officer requested the court to grant him for more time to conduct further interrogation.
The case FIR No (53/2014) was registered under sections 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) 1997 at the Shah Faisal Colony police station.
Another Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday awarded capital punishment to two convicts for killing police officials in the city.
The verdict was announced by ATC Judge Khalid Yaseen.
The two criminals Umar and Fazil had gunned down police constables Arif and Muhammad Khan in the jurisdiction of Mochko Police Station during snap checking. 
They had also fled along with the weapons of the two slain policemen.
The judge also awarded seven-year sentence to the two accused for stealing police weapons.

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