At least 12 suspected militants involved in targeted killings and attacks on police officers were killed during an alleged exchange of fire with law enforcement agencies Monday evening.
At least four police officials were also injured in the encounter. The militants were killed during a joint raid by police and intelligence agencies on a suspected hideout in Pipri area of Bin Qasim in Malir district. The raid was based on information provided by a number of high profile terrorists belonging to al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) whose arrest had been disclosed by the military recently.
“The encounter occurred when militants attacked us and injured four of our men,” said Malir SSP Rao Anwar, who was leading the raid. A two-hour gunbattle ensued.
Earlier, it had been reported that eight men had been killed in the raid in Pipri. SSP Anwar added that four suspects who had managed to escape during the raid were later killed in Gadap. “Police followed them with technical support from agencies and took them down,” Anwar said. He said the militants belonged to AQIS and LeJ.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2016.