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Three alleged auto-thieves held after shoot-out

Three alleged auto-thieves held after shoot-out

ISLAMABAD: Three suspected auto-thieves were arrested after an ‘encounter’ with the police on Thursday.

The police said the suspects were Afghan nationals and had been on bail in connection with more than 11 cases of auto-thefts registered with the police of Shahzad Town, Sabzi Mandi, Koral and other districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The police said a constable of the Ramna police spotted three men trying to open the door of a car with some instruments at G-11/1. When the constable shouted at them, the suspects opened fire and escaped on a motorcycle, leaving the instruments behind. The police said the instruments included tools used to jam satellite signals.

The constable informed the police control from where an alert was aired to trace the suspects. In the meantime, a patrolling team of the Ramna police spotted the motorcycle on Kashmir Highway and tried to intercept it. However, the bike riders opened firing at the police.

In response, police shot one of the motorcyclists and injured him. The three, including the injured man, fell on the road. However, before police could catch them, the suspects ran into a wooded area.

Later, SP Industrial Area Liaquat Hayat Khan Niazi, SHOs Ramna, Tarnol, Sabzi Mani and Industrial Area reached the spot and condoned off the wooded area. During the search when the police came close to the suspects, they opened fire. In retaliation, the police shot at and inured the three and caught them. Later, they were shifted to hospital where they were operated upon. The police also claimed to have recovered three pistols and ammunition from them. The registration plate of their motorcycle was found forged.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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