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One terrorist killed, five arrested in Karachi raid

KARACHI: Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have foiled a major terror attack in the city and killed one terrorist and arrested five others.

The CTD conducted an operation in Shah Latif Town early Monday morning and killed a terror suspect and arrested five others. The joint operation was conducted by the CTD and officers of intelligence agencies.

The exchange of fire continued for more than one hour. Law enforcement agencies received a tipoff about the presence of terror suspects at a house in the area and conducted the raid.

DIG CTD Raja Umar Khattab told the media that suicide jackets, ball bearings, explosives have been seized from the house the suspects were living in. The bomb disposal squad inspected the house while the area was cordoned off.

On February 3, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority issued a terror alert and warned of a “major terrorist activity” in Karachi. The authority said terrorists are planning a VBIED attack on “an unspecified important government department” in the city in the near future.

It said the miscreants have already conducted reconnaissance of the target and made necessary preparation. The alert was addressed to the Sindh home secretary, provincial police chief, and Rangers director-general.