Six TTP terrorists among 150 detained in raids

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At least six suspected terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested on Sunday when Rangers carried out a raid in Ittehad Town neighbourhood of Karachi’s Baldia Town area, officials said.

According to a Rangers spokesman, weapons were also recovered from the six suspected TTP terrorists arrested in the latest raid in Ittehad Town.

The arrests, the latest in a string of raids carried out by Rangers and police personnel in different parts of the city since Saturday night, come two days after gunmen shot dead four Rangers personnel in the Ittehad Town locality. The Rangers personnel were posted for security duty outside Madina Masjid when the attackers riding motorcycles gunned them down shortly before Friday prayers.

Earlier on Sunday, law enforcement personnel detained at least 145 criminals and suspects in search operations carried out in different parts of the city. Police carried out search operations in different parts of Baldia Town in the wee hours of Sunday after they received information of the presence of criminals and suspects involved in attacks on Rangers personnel. A large contingent of police personnel carried out door-to-door search in the operation.

Police officials said the arrested suspects were transferred to different police stations in Baldia Town and those found innocent will be released after investigation.

Rangers personnel also carried out raids in different parts of the city earlier on Sunday and arrested 75 persons including alleged extortionists, gang-war suspects, and members of political parties and banned outfits said involved in target-killings. According to the Rangers spokesman, the raids were conducted in Safoora Goth, Azam Basti, Frontier Colony, Shah Faisal Colony and Mohmmad Colony areas of the city. The spokesman said that arms, ammunition, and drugs were also recovered from the suspects in raids.