KARACHI- Police is claiming to have arrested a man who has confessed to the murder of 14 people in Karachi. Police said the suspect, during interrogation, admitted to the killings of leaders from different religious and political parties.

He was arrested today in an encounter in the city's Gulshan-i-Iqbal area, whereas one of the suspect's affiliate managed to escape arrest. Police said the suspect was affiliated with a political party but did not name any group. Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings, gang wars, and kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.

Targeted operations led by Rangers' forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directive issued by the federal government against criminals already identified by federal, military and civilian agencies.

In January, police had arrested a target killer from the city's Musharraf colony and had alleged that the suspect, who hailed from a political party, was a wanted man in the killings of 28 people.

Meanwhile the rangers conducted a targeted operation in the metropolis area of Patel Para in Tuesday's wee hours and arrested several suspected people. The paratroopers put a security cordon around Patel Para's entry and exit points and carried out a house to house search operation. The rounded up suspects have been shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation.