KARACHI - Sindh Rangers claimed to have gunned down two more Lyari gangsters in a pre-dawn raid on Friday in Musharraf Colony, Maripur locality.

Heavy contingents of Rangers troops conducted a raid at the suspected hideout of the gangsters at Musharraf Colony area of Mauripur where gangsters offered resistance resorted firing on paramilitary troops to avoid arrest which resulting encounter took place and two alleged gangsters were died during exchange of fire. Two Rangers troops were also wounded during an exchange of fire with the gangsters.  The bodies of the gangsters killed were later shifted to Civil Hospital, Karachi for autopsies where they were later identified as Saeed alias Sapera and Uzair alias Mullah Arif. Rangers spokesperson said that the killed gangster Saeed was involved in at least six cases of target killings and five cases of hand grenade attacks.

A three-year-old girl was killed and nearly 17 others were wounded in the grenade attacks. Another killed gangster Arif was involved in at least 17 cases of target killings and two cases of hand grenade attacks.

The Rangers spokesperson also claims to have recovered a huge cache of hand grenade and arms and ammunitions while further investigation was underway. It’s worth mentioning here that two more gangsters had also been killed in similar encounter by rangers earlier on Thursday in PIB colony area.

Bomb hoax creates panic

Bomb hoax at II Chundrigar Road spilled over the panic in the city’s downtown.

Heavy contingents of the law enforcers including police and Rangers along with Karachi police’s bomb disposal squad were immediately reached the spot and thoroughly, checked the insurance company’s Building, however, after a thorough search by the bomb disposal squad, the staff of the company returned to their work after at least two hours.

“We checked the entire building and found nothing,” said SP Shehla Qureshi added that the anonymous caller made a phone to a company at around 1pm and threatened them about a presence of a bomb inside a building which caused of panic.

The vehicular traffic at the busiest thoroughfare was suspended by the authorities to avoid any untoward incident while the alternate routes were designated by the traffic police until the BD experts clear the building which caused of massive traffic jam on the surrounding areas. Police officials said that they noted a phone number used in threatening call, adding that the caller made a phone call from rural Sindh.

They said that a special police team has been constituted to send to the rural Sindh to trace and arrest the suspect.