KARACHI - Two militants were killed during an encounter while eight suspects including alleged target killers were apprehended by authorities in separate raids around the city on Wednesday.

Two suspected militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were killed during an alleged encounter with the police in Surjani locality on early Wednesday.

Police officials claimed that the encounter took place when a routine patrolling police mobile intercepted four suspicious riders on motorcycles. As the police stopped them, the gunmen resorted to indiscriminate fire to avoid arrest resulting in a shootout.

Two managed to escape while two militants were killed. Their bodies were later shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy.

The deceased were identified as Adnan and Baran. SHO Naveed Nasir claimed that the killed militants belonged to TTP and were involved in various cases of crime. A case has been registered while further investigation was underway.

Earlier two suspected robbers were killed during an exchange of fire with the police in Sacchal area. Police officials said that the encounter took place when the suspects were spotted looting a by passer.

Police personnel busy on routine patrolling opened fire which killed both as they tried to escape.

The bodies were shifted to morgue Sohrab Goth for identification purpose and medico-legal at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Separately, Crime Investigation Department (CID) police claimed to have arrested an alleged target killer and a car lifter during separate raids in Orangi Town. CID officials said that the accused Umair alias Navela was involved in more than 30 cases of target killings while Nabeel who was arrested in injured condition was wanted to Anti-Car Lifting Cell in various cases of vehicles’ lifting.

In another raid, Saudabad police claim to have arrested three suspects, namely Ahsan, Sheran and Zeeshan Farooq during a raid conducted at Liaquat Market. Police officials claimed that the accused persons were drug peddlers and a huge cache of narcotics were also recovered from their possession.

Meanwhile, three suspects including a member of religious outfit were arrested during a targeted raid conducted by law enforcement agencies in Ranchore Lane area. The suspects were shifted to undisclosed location for further questioning while security agencies declined to disclose the identification of the arrested.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement will not support military courts in the country. Talking to private TV channel in London, Coordination Committee (London) member Mustafa Azizabadi said his party would not support military courts at any cost, adding that it would be better to impose martial law instead of such courts.

He said if the government could not counter terrorism, it should quit. He said all the state resources should be utilised to eliminate terrorism in the country.