Two robbers were killed in an encounter with the police on Wednesday in Kot Samba area of Rahim Yar Khan.
Police said six men entered Irshad Ahmed’s house in Chak 76 on Wednesday morning. They said the robbers made off with cash and household effects. Soon after they left, the owner of the house informed police who followed the robbers. The robbers shot at the police personnel, who shot back.
Four of the robbers managed to flee, but two of them, who had headed towards kacha area, were shot and died on the spot. The chase and the shootout lasted longer than half-an-hour, police said. The bodies were sent to Shaikh Zayed Hospital.
Station House Officer Safdar Iqbal Sindhu of the Kot Samba police station said that the two men had not been identified yet. He said the police were looking for the remaining four robbers.
Meanwhile, the Bahawalpur regional police officer (RPO) claimed to have arrested the mastermind behind the Khanpur bomb blast in January in which at least 23 people died and more than 60 were injured.
The revelation came at a press conference held by RPO Abid Qadri who said that two terrorists were arrested a few days ago while training to plant a bomb. He said the police had been raiding various areas of Muzzaffargarh in search of these terrorists. He identified those arrested as Shabbir Ahmed and Shakeel Ahmed.
The RPO said that the two men were arrested from the rural area of Panj Mori near the railway track. He said two bombs were also recovered from them. The men have been shifted to an undisclosed location.
“They were planning to install a bomb to damage the railway track when they were arrested red handed,” he said.
He said that the men had confessed during the interrogations that they had used a remote-control bomb at the Muharram procession in Khanpur district. Further investigations are underway, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.