ISLAMABAD - Islamabad police foiled a dacoity attempt and arrested five dacoits red-handed, a police spokesman said yesterday.

He said that special teams have been constituted to accelerate efforts against such criminals. A police party got information about presence of dacoits in green belt area near Zia Masjid. The team raided there and managed to arrest five dacoits who were planning to commit dacoity.

They have been identified as Asif Khan, Riaz Khan, Ejaz, Ashfaq and Asad while police recovered three pistols along with ammunition and four cell pistols from their possession.

During the preliminary investigation, they have confessed their involvement in several dacoity incidents in various areas of Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and various districts of KPK.

Police have obtained their physical remand from the concerned court and further investigation is underway.