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Pakistani police target criminal gangs in Karachi

Pakistani security officials in civilian clothing take position following an operation against alleged criminals in restive Lyari area of southern port city of Karachi on April 27, 2012.Rehan Khan / EPA

Pakistani police mounted an operation against alleged criminals in a restive district of Karachi on Friday, EPA reports. The Lyari area has been the site of a gang war that has cost many lives in recent years

Pakistan's Express Tribune reported that police were targeted with rockets and hand grenades during the operation, and that three people including two policemen had been killed.

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A woman cries as security officials take up positions following an operation against alleged criminals in the restive Lyari area of Karachi on April 27, 2012.Rehan Khan / EPA