KARACHI - Police claimed to have killed two kidnappers, affiliated with a banned outfit, in an encounter with the law enforcers in a bid to recover the abducted trader on Monday.

Police and rangers conducted a joint raid at the kidnappers’ hideout in Qaimkhani Colony, Baldia Town.

Amanullah, 40, was kidnapped near his residence in Bilal Colony area of Korangi Industrial Area on October 25. Amanullah used to run his own medical store near his residence and was also associated with the transport business. The kidnappers made phone calls to his family and demanded Rs25 million for ransom for his release. They also warned the family of dire consequences in case they inform the police. However, after long negotiations, Rs6 million were finalised as the ransom money. Citizens Police Liaison Committee along with the law enforcers managed to trace the kidnappers’ hideout.

The culprits phoned the family to collect the ransom on Monday evening but before the family handed them the money, the security forces managed to trace the kidnappers’ hideout on a tip-off and launched a joint operation.

According to rangers spokesperson, two terrorists were killed after an exchange of fire while the abducted person was rescued safely. The victims were identified as Shah Bakht and Akbar Khan. Their bodies were shifted to morgue after medicolegal formalities at Civil Hospital. They also claimed to have recovered a 222 rifle and a pistol from the kidnappers’ possession.

Meanwhile, an extortionist Riazuddin aka Raajuddin aka Bholo Qureshi was killed in an encounter with the police. According to officials of the Special Investigation Unit, the encounter took place when he was on his way to Hub area on a motorcycle and was passing through the Northern Bypass.

“We had a tip-off about his movement,” said SIU chief SP Farooq Awan. “His companion, on another motorcycle, managed to escape under the cover of firing.” Talking about the victim’s criminal background, he said he was wanted to the police in more than 50 cases of crime, including extortion, target killings and kidnapping for ransom.