Karachi encounter: Alleged female terrorist among 4 killed

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KARACHI, Apr 25: The details of operation in Karachi’s Urdu Bazar, in which four alleged terrorists were killed, are gradually unfolding.

The operation was carried out on arrested terrorist’s tip off that some elements of banned outfit were planning to carry out a major terrorist attack in the metropolis. Sources said that upon arrival of Rangers personnel, suspected terrorists opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, which lasted for seven hours.

Upon no chance of escape, terrorists locked themselves in the room of flat and detonated their suicide vests.

Rangers gunned down a terrorist when he was attempting to escape while three others, including a woman, allegedly blew their suicide vests, killing themselves and a five-year-old child. The postmortem of terrorists has been completed in the Civil Hospital.

Huge cache of weapons and ammunition were confiscated while one terrorist was identified as Muhammad Zahid whereas corpses of two terrorists were unidentifiable.

Investigation sources revealed that terrorists were residing in the building for nearly one and a half month.

Owner of the flat has been detained.

The crackdown was launched three days after the Sindh cabinet extended the special policing powers granted to the Rangers under Section 4(2) of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997 within Karachi division for 90 days.

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