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Pak Rangers, Police Say They Killed 696 Suspects In ‘Encounters’ In 2015

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
KARACHI (BNA) Pak Police and Rangers killed 696 suspects in different encounters in the metropolis during 2015 and the collective number of their personnel who fell in the line of duty during the same period is 95.
According to the data released by the Karachi police on Monday, a total of 1,577 encounters took place during 2015 and 544 suspected militants, gangsters, criminals, etc were killed.
The number of policemen who lost their lives in armed attacks so far is 83, while 89 were wounded in the outgoing year.
In their annual performance report, the Rangers said that in 69 ‘encounters’ a total of 152 “hardened criminals and terrorists” were killed during 2015. A spokesman for the paramilitary force said that 12 Rangers personnel lost their lives in armed attacks and 20 were wounded in different actions during the outgoing year.
The killings in encounters are marred by allegations of human rights abuses by the rights groups, which also consider such incidents ‘extrajudicial killings’.
However, the figures of the suspects killed in encounters and of the law-enforcers targeted in 2015 are notably less than the numbers of 2014.
In 2014, a total of 925 suspects were killed in such shootouts and 160 personnel of police and Rangers — 143 policemen and 17 Rangers — had fallen victim to targeted killing.
In the previous year, 701 suspects were killed in ‘encounters’ with police and 224 were gunned down in shootouts with the paramilitary Rangers.

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