• 5 Pakistani Taliban killed in Karachi clash

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    KARACHI: Five Pakistani Taliban were killed on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in a clash with Rangers in the southern port city of Karachi, a spokesman for the paramilitary force said.

    The militants opened fire when Rangers raided their hideout in the

    Mangopir area of Karachi, Rangers spokesman Sibtain Rizvi told Agence France-Presse.

    “The Rangers retaliated, as a result five terrorists were killed. The Rangers also recovered automatic weapons and explosive materials from the hideout,” Rizvi said.

    The clash came a day after the Pakistani Taliban carried out the deadliest ever attack in the country on a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killing 148 people, mostly children.

    The attack bought international condemnation as well as promises of a decisive crackdown on militants from political and military leaders.

    Police have also arrested five suspected members of Al-Qaeda’s newly formed South Asian chapter suspected of carrying out an attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi in September.

    Karachi, a teeming metropolis of around 18 million people, is rife with political, ethnic, sectarian and criminal violence.

    AFP

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