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Operations conducted in Karachi; terrorist attack foiled

Published Apr 14, 2013 12:59pm

—File Photo.
—File Photo.

KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police conducted a raid operation in Karachi's Surjani town area on Sunday and foiled a possible terrorist attack, DawnNews reported.

Following a tip-off from Aslam Mehsud, the alleged brain behind the Abbas Town bombing, police conducted an operation in the Surjani town area where they recovered a huge cache of weapons and ammunition along with an explosives-laden car.

The explosives-laden car was seized by CID personnel after an exchange of fire with the militants during which the approver, Aslam Mehsud was killed and two policemen were injured.

Aslam later succumbed to his wounds.

The SSP Chaudhry Aslam told media personnel that four tt pistols and a kalashnikov were recovered, adding that the suspects had planned to target the residence of political party leaders and other important buildings in the area, including a hospital.

Private TV channels reported police officers as saying that one suspect was also taken into custody from the spot and that Mehsud has sustained injuries while identifying the hide-out during an ambush that took place  as soon as the police-raiding team entered the locality.

The Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, announced a reward of Rs 2 million for the CID team in the wake of the successful operation.

In related news,  Rangers personnel conducted an operation in Kunwari colony early on Sunday.

At least, 800 Rangers personnel including women took party in the three-hour long operation. The Ranger forces cordoned off the area, blocking all entry and exit points and conducted house-to-house searches with the help of sniffer dogs.

According to a Rangers spokesperson, six suspects were taken into custody who were shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation. The spokesman added that 21 weapons of different kinds were also recovered from the arrested suspects.