Karachi: Six militants of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were killed during a gun battle with police in Pakistan`s largest city on Thursday, officials said.
A senior official of the Crime Investigation Department said the militants were shot dead in Mauripur area early this morning after they holed up in a safe house.
"The terrorists were heavily armed and the shootout lasted for a while before they were shot dead," SSP Chaudhary Aslam told reporters.
"These terrorists were asked to surrender to the police but they opened fire. We had to retaliate and they were killed in the exchange of heavy fire," he said.
Among the dead militants were two would-be suicide bombers.
"They belonged to a group which had carried out the attack on Sindh High Court?s Justice Maqbool Baqar some months ago," Aslam said.
Police recovered suicide vests, a car-load of explosives and a motorcycle that were to be used by the terrorists to attack an imambrgah or Shia prayer hall, he said.
Yesterday afternoon, paramilitary Pakistan Rangers foiled a terrorist bid to attack Muharram processions when they killed three alleged Taliban fighters. A Rangers personnel was also killed in the gun battle.