KARACHI: Two suspected robbers were killed and their accomplice was wounded in an ‘encounter’ in New Karachi Industrial Area on Monday. A passer-by was also wounded in crossfire, police said.

DIG-West Nasir Aftab said that a gang of dacoits was active in the area for the past several days looting fruit vendors and committing house robberies.

Acting on a tip-off, the police were deployed in the area and an encounter ensued neat Tuesday Bazaar in Sector 11-G, New Karachi as soon as they spotted the suspects.

“After an exchange of firing, two unidentified suspects, aged 28 and 30, were killed while their third accomplice, Asghar Sarwar, 38, suffered bullet wounds and was arrested,” said a police officer.

A passer-by, identified as Gul Zaib, 30, was also wounded and the police claimed that he was caught in the crossfire as a bullet fired by the suspects hit him. However, his condition was said to be out of danger.

The dead and wounded were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors said the condition of the wounded suspect was critical.

Two other suspects managed to escape. The police claimed to have recovered two motorcycles and two pistols from their custody.

Gulberg SP Ahmed Beg said that this gang of robbers was involved in several incidents of street crime in the locality.

Published in Dawn, December 7th, 2021

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