More than 30 suspected criminals were apprehended earlier today when Rangers carried out a search operation near the Old Sabzi Mandi area of Karachi, officials said.
Rangers personnel started the door-to-door search operation early morning today in the PIB Colony neighbourhood near Old Sabzi Mandi. The operation was conducted on intelligence about the presence of suspected criminals and members of banned outfits in the neighbourhood.
A large contingent of security personnel cordoned off Eesa Nagri, Old Sabzi Mandi and surrounding areas during the operation, blocking all entry and exit routes.
The personnel – which also included female Rangers personnel – arrested 30 suspects during the five-hour-long operation, taking them to undisclosed locations for further interrogation.
The operation comes days after gunmen shot down 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.
Law enforcers have intensified their crackdown against suspected criminals, target-killers and terrorists in the city since the attack targeting security personnel on Friday.
On Sunday, Rangers said they arrested six suspected terrorists belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during a raid in Ittehad Town neighbourhood of Baldia Town area.
The same day, law enforcement personnel detained at least 145 other suspects in search operations carried out in different parts of the city.