KARACHI - Sindh Rangers on Thursday claimed to have killed three hardcore militants in Karachi, including a militant associated with Daesh.

A Daesh militant was killed along with the militants belonging to Al-Qaeda and Taliban during an alleged encounter with Rangers’ personnel in Manghopir.

Heavy contingents of Rangers raided the hideout of suspected militants , where according to the Ranger’s spokesperson, they offered massive resistance that left one of their personnel wounded.

“During exchange of fire three militants also died on the spot,” the spokesperson added.

Their bodies were later shifted to a morgue where they were identified as Salman alias Yasir, Muhammad Hussain alias Mistri Pathan and Muhammad Suleman Khan alias Sharmila Pathan.

The spokesperson further said that the terrorists killed belonged to Daesh, Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat chapter.

Giving further details, he revealed that Hussain alias Mistri Pathan worked both for Daesh and Al-Qaeda, and had also played a key role in Safoora Goth carnage. Around 46 people belonging to the Ismaili community, including 16 women, were killed and around half-a-dozen others were wounded when gunmen stormed the bus carrying them to their workplace on May 13, 2015 in Safoora.

It worth mentioning here that CTD Police had arrested four key suspects, Saad Aziz, Hafiz Nasir, Mohammad Azhar and Tahir Minhas in the Safoora bus attack.

The Rangers spokesperson said that Mistri Pathan was directly involved in shooting the Ismaili community members, adding the accused was also behind killing policemen. “Apart from that, he also committed a bank robbery in Hyderabad in 2014 and extorted money from people,” he elaborated.

“Salman Khan alias Sharmila Pathan was associated with Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban both, and had close ties with the hardcore terrorists,” the spokesperson said, and added, “He used to oversee training of the terrorists.”

Giving further details, he said that Sharmila was also involved in attacks on policemen including in a hand grenade attack at a police mobile in Karachi.

“Besides that Sharmila is also linked to a hand grenade attack on Imambargah at Ayesha Manzil in Federal B Area in 2014,” the spokesperson said, and added, “He had also looted a bank in Hyderabad in 2014.”

Regarding the third alleged militant killed, the spokesperson said that he, Salman alias Yasir, was the chief and a central leader of TTP Swat chapter. “He had fought against the military in Swat, and had also held four soldiers hostage in 2008.

“Yasir had also plotted suicidal attacks on the personnel of law-enforcement agencies. One such attack was at the Rangers Headquarters in North Nazimabad in November 2012,” the spokesperson conluded.