Police kill six suspected militants

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KARACHI: Police on Thursday shot dead six suspected militants thought to be planning a major sectarian attack and seized explosives, suicide vests and weapons in a raid in Karachi, an official said.

“We carried out an operation against the terrorists on an intelligence tip-off,” Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam, who led the raiding team, told AFP.

A fierce gun battle broke out during the raid in in Maripur town in western Karachi, in which three officers were wounded and six suspected militants were killed, he said.

Police said the raid recovered suicide vests, hand grenades, detonators and remote control devices and a car bomb, besides two motorcycles.

The shootout came after a series of small bomb attacks late on Wednesday targeting Shiites in Karachi, which injured at least seven people.