A commander of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Qari Bilal was killed in a shootout with security forces on Thursday in port city of Karachi, local media reported.
Qari Bilal was involved in the murder of Parveen Rehman, a social worker who was gunned down in Karachi on Wednesday, according to senior police officer Javed Odho.
A targeted operation led by Rangers personnel took place in Karachi’s Korangi industrial area’s Mehran Town locality, during which 26 suspected militants, including three activists of proscribed outfits were taken into custody.
Rangers siege Mehran Town at 4:00 in the morning and blocked its entry and exit points.
They refused to let people enter the area and also imposed restrictions on anyone leaving.
Later, they conducted house-to-house searches in the locality.
Sources said several suspects, including some from banned groups, were detained during the operation. Moreover, caches of weapons were recovered during the raids.
Over 1,000 Rangers were involved in the operation.
Separately, four people were reported killed in incidents of violence.
Two bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from the city’s Malir River. Police said the bodies were of two brothers who had been kidnapped a day earlier from Khokhrapar.
Another body was also found near the city’s Ahsanabad area.
Moreover, one person was killed in a firing incident in Karachi’s Malir Town’s Model Colony.
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