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KARACHI: A young man was killed in Korangi on Tuesday while resisting a robbery attempt, police said.

They added that in the second half of the day two gunmen on a motorbike intercepted 21-year-old Mohammad Mohsin near his workplace, close to Vita Chowrangi. As one of the bandits was robbing him of valuables, including cash and mobile phones, Mohsin grappled with and overpowered the robber.

“However, the suspect sitting on the motorbike and waiting for his aide to complete the job fired multiple shots at Mohsin and killed him on the spot. The suspects then sped away,” said an official at the Korangi Industrial Area police station. “The victim originally hailed from Mirpurkhas and worked here as a labourer in an industrial unit, where he had been living also for the last two years. The police are waiting for the family of the victim to register the FIR.”

‘Hitman’ arrested

The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, claimed to have arrested a suspected hitman allegedly involved in an armed attack on a UC office in New Karachi last month. A worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Move­ment-Pakistan was killed in the attack. A statement issued by the paramilitary force said that suspect Naeem Akhtar, alias Ali Patti, on “directives” of Saleem Belgium executed the attack on the UC office in February, killing MQM-P worker Shakil Ansari on the spot.

“Nine suspects in the same case are already in police custody after being arrested over some time,” said the Rangers statement, urging Karachiites to contact the Rangers helpline 1101, or WhatsApp number 0316-2369996, to share any credible information “about such elements” in their areas.

Money laundering suspects

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested five suspects allegedly involved in laundering money through hawala, said an FIA statement.

“The FIA team of State Bank Circle raided a gold market in Saddar, where they spotted two suspects, Zohaib and Feroz, purchasing foreign currency and sending it illegally to Dubai through khepiyas,” said an FIA statement. “There are around 20 khepiyas who are carriers of foreign currency to Dubai. They disclosed that they were purchasing foreign currency from” an exchange firm located on I.I. Chundrigar Road.

On a lead, it said, the FIA team raided the office of the company and arrested three men, including its owner, Mohammad Haris. A huge amount of foreign and local currency was seized with incriminating material of sale and purchase ledgers, added the statement.

Published in Dawn, March 20th, 2019