Karachi- Sindh Rangers today claimed to have foiled an attempt to attack and break in Central Prison, Karachi by an outlawed outfit.

Addressing a press conference here, a senior Rangers official Colonel Tahir said that the Rangers carried out an operation in Ghausia Colony, which was adjacent to the central jail. Several terrorists have also been killed while others were arrested, he said without giving any specific details.

“The tunnel was dig up to 10 feet through a water tank of the home. The tunnel was just 10 meters away to complete its 55 metre distance to the barracks of central jail,” he informed. The officer said that some elements from banned terrorists’ outfit were behind the plot.

A gate of the home in Ghousia Colony, next to Central Jail, where tunnel was being dug up, he added.

He said a huge cache of weapons and some technical gadgets were also recovered from the site. He said sophisticated equipments were used to dig up the tunnel. The officer hinted that there might some inside help leading to the criminal activity.

Col. Tahir said Rangers promptly reacted to the intelligence report and foiled the plot of terrorists. National security institutions had informed Rangers about the tunnel plot, he added.

He politely declined to share complete details with the media, saying investigation was underway and disclosure of any sensitive detail could hamper the probe.

Disclosing the plot, Rangers official said they unearthed a tunnel dug by terrorists at a nearby house to enter and attack the prison. He said that 44-meter long underground tunnel was prepared, adding the terrorists had purchased the house some time ago.

Colonel Tahir said that the operation was carried out on a tip off from security agencies. Colonel Tahir appealed public to inform law enforcers about information of criminals, if they have any.