QUETTA - Police on Tuesday recovered five foreigners and arrested their three captors in a raid on Balochistan’s coastal town of Gwadar.

Officials said they had been tipped off about some foreigners being kept captive in a house in New town area of Gwadar for the past six months. The abductees were found chained in a room.

According to officials, of the three kidnappers, one was identified as an Iranian national, and a rifle was also seized from them.

Initial reports suggested the foreigners were from Ghana, Tanzania and other African countries and that they belonged to international drug mafia.

Officials suspected the five abductees were all guarantors and had been taken captive by international drug dealers for receiving money. “They were guarantors, sitting with local smugglers to smuggle drugs onward into European countries via Iran.”

Local administration has registered a case and investigation is in progress.

Levies man, teacher

among 4 killed in Khuzdar

Four people including a Levies personnel and a school teacher were killed in separate armed attacks in Khuzdar district, some 360 kilometres southeast of Quetta, on Tuesday.

According to police, unidentified assailants gunned down a man identified as Nadeem Memon at Norgama in tehsil Zehri of Khuzdar district. The assailants managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime.

Being informed, Levies personnel rushed to the site and shifted the body to hospital for medico-legal formalities. Memon was a school teacher and said to be the resident of Karachi. However, motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained as no group claimed responsibility for the attack.

In another incident, Levies personnel Muhammad Ayub was on his way when some armed men intercepted him and tried to rob him at Kand Road. In retaliation, he opened fire, killing two alleged bandits on the spot.

The personnel also succumbed to the bullet injuries he had sustained in the crossfire. The bandits were later identified as Munir and Abdul Rashid. A case has been registered and further investigations are underway.