Rangers, po­lice ar­rest Afghan-trained ter­ror­ists

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KARACHI—Po­lice said it had in raids in dif­fer­ent lo­cal­i­ties ar­rested 5 per­sons, in­clud­ing two Afghanistantrained ter­ror­ists, Thurs­day, while para-mili­ray Rangers force claimed to have ar­rested a per­sons be­long­ing to a po­lit­i­cal party. The rangers did not name him but in­sid­ers said he be­longed to MQM

Ten­sion had been mount­ing be­tween Rangers and MQM, which is ev­i­dent from the fact that the Rangers in a warn­ing Thurs­day morn­ing, asked the peo­ple to re­frain from giv­ing zakat and fi­tra un­der duress, be­cause it would not be tol­er­ated. MQM had been over the years col­lect­ing such char­i­ties dur­ing Ra­mazan for its Khid­mate Khale Foun­da­tion.

The two trained ter­ror­ists were ar­rested from Block 13-D of Gul­shane Iqbal in the wee hours of morn­ing. Of the five taken into cus­tody, two were highly ed­u­cated, and had been pro­fes­sion­ally trained in han­dling so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment. They be­longed to Al-Qaeda group of sub-con­ti­nent.

A sub­stan­tial cache of anti-air­craft gun, 5 kilo ball bear­ings, det­o­na­tors, and many other kinds of arms and am­mu­ni­tion were re­cov­ered from their hide-out raid. Po­lice claimed that the two knew how to as­sem­ble and dis­man­tle arms and equip­ment and were plan­ning a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Karachi.

Rangers mean­while claimed to have ar­rested one per­son, which it said be­longed to a po­lit­i­cal party, which in­sid­ers re­ported was from MQM.

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