Two suspects in Karachi’s kidnapping shot dead

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KARACHI: Two suspects involved in kidnapping a five-year-old from Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority were shot dead early Saturday morning, according to police reports.

The suspects, identified as Zaheer Mirza and Zaki, were gunned down near Kamran Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.

The Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), and the Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) were informed of the suspects whereabouts near Kamran Chowrangi.

When the CPLC and AVCC teams raided the area, “the suspects Zaheer Mirza and Zaki tried to run away and opened fire on the police. In the exchange of fire between the two parties, both kidnappers were killed”, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) AVCC Abdullah Ahmad.

Rs0.1 million ransom money, a purse, and the mobile phone of abductee’s mother were recovered from the possession of the suspects, said SSP Ahmad.

The suspects were involved in kidnapping a five-year-old and releasing him after receiving a ransom payment of Rs0.3 million on Thursday.

According to the CLPC, the child was abducted while returning home from school with his mother in a car from the Darakhshan Police Station jurisdiction.

According to sources, the kidnappers had demanded Rs150 million from the boy’s father. However, after CPLC intervened the kidnappers brought down the ransom demand to Rs0.3 million. At least 21 members of CPLC were part of the operation including CPLC Chief Zubair Habib.

Sources further added that before releasing the boy, kidnappers called the police and Rangers personnel to different areas of the city, including North Nazimabad, Board Office, Shahra-e-Faisal, Sohrab Goth and Hyderi Market.

The kidnappers then asked the security personnel to leave the ransom money in an area near Rashid Minhas Road after which they released the boy.