KARACHI - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday phoned IG Sindh Police , Allah Dino Khawaja and expressed grief over martyrdom of seven policemen in a brazen attack in Karachi.

According to a statement of Sindh Police released on Thursday, the Army chief deplored the loss of lives in terrorist attack and extended his full cooperation to the Sindh Police .

“Terrorists will be eliminated from the country. Police will be assisted everywhere and at every level,” officials quoted the army chief as saying. They said General Raheel appreciated the police’s role in the ongoing anti-criminal operation in Karachi. General Raheel offered his condolence with the grieved families of martyred policemen.

Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen on motorcycles shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Karachi’s Orangi Town. Eight gunmen carried out the killings in two separate attacks. The IG has announced giving Rs5 million reward for the arrest of the gunmen as well as Rs2 million compensation to each of the victims’ families. He claimed that the attackers have been identified.

Officials said the police carried out targeted actions in different areas including Defence and Shireen Jinnah Colony, arresting at least eight suspects including a woman in connection with the attack.

3 SUSPECTS KILLED IN ENCOUNTER

District Malir police claimed to have gunned down three suspects in an encounter in Sohrab Goth here on Thursday.

Police conducted raid at the hideout of militants at Faqira Goth near Super Highway, Sohrab Goth. Following the raid, police faced massive retaliation from the militants. Later, it claimed to have killed at least three suspects during an exchange of fire, however, none of the policeman was injured in the encounter. Their bodies were later shifted to Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth after medicolegal formalities at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Two of them were later identified as Saeed Badshah alias Munshi and Nadir alias China while one of them has yet to be identified. Police also recovered two kilogrammes of explosives, arms and ammunition as well as a motorcycle. SHO Asmatullah Marwat said the killed militants belonged to the Sher Khan group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Saeed Badshah was the local commander for the group. They were involved in a number of attacks on Rangers and police as well as kidnapping, target killings and other heinous crimes.

Marwat explained that the militants killed used to visit Afghanistan and Karachi. They were also involved in attacks on the security forces in Afghanistan as well. Cases were registered while further investigation is underway.

COURT ISSUES MERCHANT’S

NON-BAILABLE ARREST WARRANT

A local court in Karachi on Thursday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant of Sarfraz Merchant for the second time. The court has directed the police to present the details of the suspect’s movable and non-movable property along with blocking his National Identity Card.

The court has also ordered the authorities to produce him before the court on May 16. A case was registered against Merchant with Darakhshan Police Station. Challan filed by the police writes Merchant a fugitive.

Complainant Asad Alim Niazi has alleged Merchant of threatening to file a bogus case, receiving Rs12 crore and snatching his car on March 12, 2014. He is also a suspect in money laundering case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain.