KARACHI  - Law enforcement agencies claimed to have recovered two suicide jackets and other ammunition from Shah Latif Town on Friday.

Two dozen suspects were apprehended in various targeted raids and operations in different areas of the City on Friday. 

Police and rangers along with the intelligence agency’s officials raided an empty house in Shah Latif Town area. Sources said the raid was conducted on the information provided by the accused, Mufti Shakir who was already arrested from SITE area over his alleged involvement in conducting a suicide attack on SP Chaudhry Aslam Khan. They recovered two suicide jackets and other arms and ammunition from the said house. Sources said the recovered jackets and weapons were buried in the ground and had to be used in any potential terror attack, however, the suicide jackets and the weapons have been seized.

However, District East police claimed to have apprehended seven suspects allegedly involved in various cases of crime.

A private beater of the police, Liaquat Ali, was also among the arrested persons. He also revealed that he and three more of his companions, including Zafar, Rahat Ali and Abdul Sattar used to collect the extortion money from the pushcart owners and ‘Bacchat Bazaars’ for the police officers including SHO Fahim Farooqui, SHO Rao Zaheer, SHO Aslam Pervez and DSP Sohrab Meo. The accused police head constable Rahat Ali is posted at District Mirpurkhas and Zafar at Sharah-e-Faisal police station. They have yet to be arrested.

District East SSP Pir Shah said five more criminals Ghulam Mustafa, Muharram Ali, Ali Raza, Sarfaraz and Muhammad Raheel were also apprehended in different raids. They were involved in a number of cases of street crime.

Separately, District West police claimed to have apprehended seven alleged target killers in different raids. They were identified as Arif aka Matha, Hanif aka Pachpan, Javed, Nabeer aka Noman, Afroze Alam, Arif Khan and Yasir. They were arrested during different raids in New Karachi, Khawaja Ajmair Nagri, Nazimabad, Pirabad, Saeedabad and Sir Syed police precincts. The arrested alleged target killers were involved in around 35 cases of target killings. Their arrests were disclosed in a press conference held by DIG West Javed Odho at his office. Ten suspects, allegedly involved in vehicles lifting and street crimes, were also arrested in different raids.

Meanwhile, a joint team of Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and Ferozabad police apprehended a fake spiritual faith healer Sultan Mehmood on account of extorting money from a businessman of PECHS. The CPLC officials said the accused used to make extortion calls to people who came to get assistance from him. He has been extorting money from them in the name of ‘Chilla’. A case has been registered.

ANOTHER DAY WITH 5 KILLINGS IN KARACHI: Five people including a political worker were gunned in separate incidents of target killing here on Friday.

A local leader of MQM was shot dead in New Karachi area. The victim was identified as Malik Anwar Ali, 40. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and later handed over to his family.

Score of victim’s family members, relatives, party’s workers and supporters also reached the hospital and shouted slogans against the incident and demanded arrest of the culprits. Following the murder, tension prevailed in Surjani and its surrounding areas where routine and commercial activities were partially suspended, however, extra contingent of law enforcers were deputed to avoid any untoward incident. SHO Bashir Waddo said the victim was affiliated with the MQM’s unit-2 as joint unit in-charge. Earlier, he had been served as a unit in-charge of Yousuf Goth. He was a property dealer by profession and the incident took place when he was returning after offering Friday prayers near his residence. Three armed culprits targeted him. No case has been registered.

Separately, a security guard was shot dead at Block-D, North Nazimabad. Police officials said the victim was identified as Waheed Abdul Khalid, 35. He was associated with the private cable operators.

The body was taken to ASH for autopsy. SHO Nawaz Gondal said the motive behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.

Separately, the bodies of two young men were found near Bagh-e-Korangi. They have yet to be identified. Police officials said the victims were shot dead after kidnapping and later unidentified culprits threw the gunny-packed bodies. The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsy and later shifted to morgue for identification.

Meanwhile, a woman was shot dead inside her house at Ittehad Town. Police officials said the woman was shot dead by her son-in-law namely Adnan. Adnan along with his two companions had arrived at his in-laws to take his minor son back to home. Police officials said Adnan’s wife, Nazi, was wounded and mother-in-law Shahdana was killed over offering resistance.