Four alleged criminals killed in Rangers-police encounters

* Two Rangers personnel shot dead; police capture 35 accused

KARACHI: Law enforcement agencies conducted targeted raids in different areas of the city and killed four members of banned outfit in the wee hours of Sunday.
A rangers spokesman said that moving on a tip-off, rangers personnel conducted a targeted raid in Frontier Colony, Orangi Town, where they had an encounter in which two accused belonging to a banned organization were killed in the firing. 
The spokesperson confirmed that the dead persons were affiliated with outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He said that they were involved in extortion and target killings of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) personnel. A heavy cache of weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the possession of deceased criminals.
Separately, two alleged extortionists were killed in an encounter with police and Rangers near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth. Police said that the accused were following a garment factory owner to collect extortion money and they were also affiliated with a banned outfit.
According to the rangers, owner of a garment factory was called by the accused to receive extortion money worth Rs.70, 000.
Meanwhile, two Rangers personnel were gunned down in Karachi on Sunday. The shooting incident took place at Landhi Hospital Chowrangi. Police say that unknown gunmen opened fire on Rangers men in front of a shop moments before Iftar. In a media statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif denounced the murder of Rangers personnel and termed it a cowardly act. “Rangers are rendering great sacrifices for the restoration of law and order in Karachi,” he said.
On the other hand, Karachi police on Sunday claimed to have arrested 35 criminals in 70 different raids and killed six alleged criminals in six different encounters in the city during the last 24 hours.
According to Central Police Office (CPO) Karachi report, police conducted 70 raids in different areas of the city and in consequence of these raids, police captured 35 criminals including terrorists, absconders and extortionists.
Report stated that six alleged criminals were killed in six different encounters with police in the city. The police also claimed to have recovered 16 handguns, three hand grenade, drugs and liquor from the possession of arrested accused.

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