Pakistani police killed eight militants who were wanted for several target killings and attacks in Karachi, port city of Sindh province in Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.
"At least eight militants were killed and two policemen were wounded in the gunfight," senior police official Rao Anwar said.
Policemen blew into a house in Manghopir, a low income neighbourhood in the city, and killed the militants in a gunfight, captured the weapons, hand grenades and explosives inside.
Local media reported that the police said the militants were members of the Pakistani Taliban and were plotting major attacks in Muharram, the current month according to Hijri calendar and a holy time for both Sunnis and Shias, though for different reasons.
One of the militants, Saddam Hussain, was involved in the March 2013 Abbas Town blast in which a car bomb exploded in a Shia neighbourhood in Karachi, according to local media.
Karachi, one of the most populated cities with its 20 million population and being central in Pakistan’s economy, frequently faces religious, political and ethnic violence. The crackdown on militants by the paramilitary forces since 2013 dropped the level of violence.
The Counter Terrorism Department of Sindh Police prepared a list of criminals and claimed that currently there are only 8 target killers, 30 extortionists and 18 street criminals who are operating in the city, local media reported.