KARACHI - An alleged member of the Balochistan separatist movement was apprehended during a raid conducted by intelligence agencies in Garden area Friday.
The accused was later identified as Owais Baloch who was associated with the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA).
Separately, law enforcement agencies claimed to have shot dead a Lyari gangster.
A Lyari gangster allegedly involved in more than half dozen cases of target killings was killed during an encounter with the Rangers. The encounter took place at Tughlat Lane, Lyari where gangsters resorted indiscriminate firing when rangers personnel rushed closed to the hideout.
The Rangers also fired back and after an exchange of fire, a gangster was killed while his companions managed to escape.
The body was later taken to Civil Hospital, Karachi for autopsy where he was later identified as Mansoor Nadeem. The gangster was associated with the Uzair Baloch group of Lyari gangsters.
The Rangers spokesperson said that Nadeem besides involving in at least seven cases of target killings was also involved in number of cases of robberies, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. Weapons were also recovered from his possession, the spokesperson added.
Earlier, Rangers claimed to have arrested two alleged criminals during a targeted raid conducted in North Nazimabad area. According to Rangers spokesperson, an alleged target killer affiliated with a political party was also among the detainees. The suspects were shifted to undisclosed location for further questioning.
Meanwhile, Citizens Police Liaison Committee, in collaboration with the Anti-Violent Crime Cell claimed to have recovered a nine-year-old boy, Nabeel from the captivity of the kidnappers.
The victim child was kidnapped on October 14 from Korangi locality. Later his family received a ransom call by the kidnappers.
The CPLC spokespersons said that the kidnappers had demanded Rs20 million from the family and warned the family of dire consequences. He said that following the complaint, CPLC technical team started working. “As we started working, due to the extreme fear, the kidnappers throw the child on the road and escaped,” the stockperson explained, added that the child later managed to reach his home with the help of police. The CPLC was still striving to catch the culprits while one kidnapper who later identified as Adeel was arrested during several raids. The case has been registered while further investigation was underway.
Online adds: Ten arrested suspects - allegedly responsible for digging a tunnel into Karachi Central Jail - admitted to planning a suicide attack on the prison in Muharram, private TV channel reported Friday.
Rangers had claimed to have thwarted a terrorists' bid to tunnel into the main prison of the metropolitan city and stage a jailbreak that could have freed up to 100 dangerous militants from outlawed groups.
Rangers Friday arrested 10 suspects during raids in different parts of the city. The suspects admitted they had planned to enter Karachi jail, detonate explosives and free militants on Muharram 8.
Security forces claim to have found maps of Karachi jail, computers, suicide jackets, important documents and guns in the possession of the suspects.
The attempt to break into the jail was reminiscent of the daring breakout in April 2011 when the Afghan Taliban had tunnelled at least 480 inmates out of the main prison in Kandahar province of Afghanistan, whisking them through a 1,000-foot-long underground passage they had dug over months.
On this side of the border, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan had freed nearly 600 inmates - among them some high-profile Taliban fighters - in near-identical raids on Bannu and DI Khan prisons in 2012 and 2013, respectively.