Karachi: Robbery bid foiled; 1 killed in encounter
KARACHI: Soldier Bazaar police reportedly foiled a robbery attempt and killed a bandit, injuring another, and recovered the snatched amount of Rs1 million from their custody. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Javed Akber Raiz of Jamshed Town said that, Zulfiqar Haider and Zamin Ali, Managers of Western Union, Hyderi Branch, along with two security guards went to Paracha Money Changer at Tower for conversion of foreign currency into Pakistani rupees.
The managers, to escape the eyes of criminals, used motorcycles. After conversion of the amount of Rs1 million, they were moving back towards their branch on two motorcycles, each manager having a security guard. When they were on Britto Road, near Albella signal, two armed bandits stopped them at gunpoint.
On seeing the bandits, the guards loaded their weapons and tried to open fire but the bandits managed to open fire first, injuring them as well as manager Zulfiqar Haider, and snatched the cash. In the meantime, a patrolling police mobile along with Station House Officer Ali Raza, on witnessing the incident, ordered the bandits to surrender but they opened fire, which was retaliated by the police and an encounter took place.
The police, after a brief encounter, killed one of the bandits, and held another, Fahim Ahmed, in injured condition. The police also recovered the looted amount of Rs1 million, two TT pistols, and motorcycle RIS-9648 and shifted the victims to the hospital. SHO Raza said that the killed bandit was unidentified aged about 25, while the injured one, Fahim, was a resident of Malir and was wanted in robbery cases by various police stations.
In a separate encounter case, bandits riding in two vehicles, positioned at the back of Tariq Road, were looting shoppers when, in the meantime, one victim, ran into a shop and called the Madadgar–15.
A police mobile on patrol immediately reached the spot. On seeing the police the bandits ran to their two vehicles and attempted to escape. A police mobile started chasing one car and the bandits opened fire, which was retaliated by the police. The bandits’ car ultimately dashed into a wall on Khalid Bin Waleed Road. An unidentified bandit was injured in the cross-fire, SSP Riaz said, adding that the police had taken the car into custody and recovered a 9mm laser–fitted handgun. A case was registered at the concerned police station.