Seven militants plotting attacks killed in Karachi

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Seven militants plotting attacks killed in Karachi

The first raid took place in the Mominabad town in the city’s west; Rangers recover major cache of weapons and explosives.

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Published: Tue 26 May 2015, 9:52 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:26 PM

Rangers’ soldiers showing the weapons and amunitions recovered in a Search Operation in Faqeer Colony Area. -Online photo

Karachi - Seven militants who were plotting rocket, grenade and suicide attacks in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi have been killed in two raids by paramilitary rangers, a spokesman for the force said on Tuesday.

The raids, which began on Monday night and continued on Tuesday morning, also saw the recovery of a major cache of weapons and explosives.

Police and rangers since 2013 have been carrying out a major cleanup operation in the city which has reduced the level of violent crime.

But critics accuse them of staging firefights to carry out hundreds of extra-judicial killings, and neither the death toll nor the identity of those killed in the latest raids could be immediately verified.

The first raid took place in the Mominabad shanty town in the city’s west and was met by fierce resistance, according to a statement by the rangers.

It said four militants were killed, including one who blew himself up, while another was arrested.

Automatic weapons, about 16kg of explosives, suicide vests containing 7kg of explosives and 500kg of metal nuts and bolts were recovered from the hideout.

“There were authentic intelligence reports that the terrorists were plotting to use the explosives to carry out a big terrorist attack in Karachi,” the statement said.

Three more militants including another suicide bomber who blew himself up were killed in a second raid on Tuesday morning, the statement said. One ranger was injured.

The rangers recovered rockets, six suicide vests, rifles, automatic weapons, 60kg of explosives and three improvised explosive devices.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown insurgency which flared following the US-led invasion of neighbourhing Afghanistan in 2001.

Initially confined to the western border areas, it later spread to major cities and has claimed thousands of civilian lives since 2004.

Last June 10 Taleban militants lay siege to Karachi airport, killing 27 people. The military responded by launching a major offensive in the North Waziristan tribal district, considered a bastion of Taleban and Al Qaeda militants.

Two weeks ago gunmen stormed a bus carrying members of the Shia minority community, killing 45 people in the first attack in the country officially claimed by the Daesh group.



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