KARACHI - Police on Friday claimed to have gunned down a robber near Saeedabad Mobile Market. Also, police found two bullet-riddled bodies in a hotel in downtown city area.

The encounter took place near Saeedabad Mobile Market when gunmen riding a motorbike tried to flee after looting a mobile shop. Saeedabad police said a police team was on a routine patrol when it saw the robbers fleeing. It tried to stop the robbers, but they started firing at the police team. Police retaliated and a robber was injured during the crossfire. His accomplice fell down from the motorbike when he was trying to flee. Police managed to overpower both accused and shifted them to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced one of the suspects dead. He was identified as Irfan. Police arrested his accomplice Zeeshan and recovered two pistols, a motorbike and eight mobile phones from him.

Separately, Cantonment police found two bodies in a hotel room near Cantonment Railway Station.

Police said that unknown assailants had killed the victims and managed to flee. Police rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies to JPMC for autopsy. The deceased were identified as Shahnawaz and Faizan. Police suspect that a personal enmity is the motive for the killings. The victims belong to Punjab.

WEAPONS SEIZED

The Rangers on Friday claimed to have seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition allegedly owned by a political party during a raid in the Liaquatabad locality.

The Rangers also claimed to have arrested at least six men, including members of a political party and banned outfit.

According to the Rangers spokesperson, troops carried out a raid on Naseer Square in Liaquatabad’s Sharifabad locality on a tip-off and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The spokesperson said that the recovered arms and ammunition belonged to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London, which had to be used for terror activities and target killings in Karachi. Five submachine guns, seven pistols, four jackets, 23 magazines and 1,950 bullets were sized during the raid.

Similarly, the Rangers claimed to have arrested at least six suspects during targeted raids in parts of the city.

The raids were conducted in New Karachi, Awami Colony and Shah Latif areas. According to the Rangers spokesperson, a suspected militant belonging to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq, was arrested during a targeted raid, which was conducted in the New Karachi area on a tip off. The suspect was allegedly involved in various cases of terrorism.

In another raid in Awami Colony, the Rangers arrested three suspects -- Waseem alias Lyari, Waqas and Sheikh Ghazanfar alias Gulabi. The suspects were associated with the Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi and were involved in various crimes like sale and purchase of arms and ammunition and robberies.

In Shah Latif, the Rangers arrested Osama Shamim alias Shakeel. The accused was involved in arms smuggling.

Another accused, Anwar, was arrested in New Karachi. The accused was involved in various cases of street crimes. The Rangers spokesperson also claimed to have recovered arms and ammunition from them. The suspects were later handed over to the police.