Karachi (Staff Report): At least eight alleged terrorists were shot dead by Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in Raees Goth area of Baldia Town.
A Rangers press release claimed that the operation was carried out on the basis of technical intelligence and evidence after receiving a tip-off about the presence of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP) terrorists in the area.
According to the handout, identification of the dead is ongoing, with two of the suspected terrorists identified as the ASP chief Sheheryar, alias Dr Abdullah Hashmi, who was also named as the mastermind of all ASP attacks.
Another of the suspected terrorists was identified by the Rangers as Arsalan Baig, a member of the ASP’s target-killing team.
The Rangers press release claimed that a heavy exchange of fire took place during the raid, in which five of the suspected terrorists died on the spot. Three wounded succumbed to their injuries while being transported to the hospital.
One CTD personnel and two Rangers personnel sustained injuries during the encounter, the statement added.