QUETTA: Two armed clashes in Jaffarabad and Jhal Magsi districts on Friday left seven people dead, including a police officer and two dacoits.
Police said that Station House Officer (SHO) Gandakha police station Rahim Bakhsh Marri conducted a raid in Gandakha area on a tip-off about the presence of dacoit Zulfiqar Brohi and his accomplices in the area.
During the raid, the dacoits opened fire on the police and tried to escape. However, the police chased the bandits, who were wanted by Sindh and Balochistan police. In the heavy exchange of fire, SHO Gandakha Rahim Bakhsh Marri was killed.
“The wanted dacoit Zulfiqar Brohi and his accomplice were also killed in the shootout with police,” said DIG Nasirabad Range Nazeer Kurd. He added that arms and ammunition were also recovered from the culprits.
He said that the government had announced a head money of Rs500,000 for the wanted dacoit.
Meanwhile, four tribesmen of the Baro tribe were killed and five others were injured in a clash in the Jhal Magsi area.
Police sources said that both the groups of Baro tribe had land ownership dispute.
“A heavy exchange of fire ensued after the tribesmen took positions against each other,” said Deputy Commissioner Jhal Magsi. As a result four tribesmen from both the sides were killed and five others were injured, he added.
The police and Levies Force personnel rushed to the site and shifted all the four bodies and injured to district hospital Jhal Magsi. The deceased were identified as Qadir Bakhsh, Behram Khan, Jamil Ahmed and Aajhan Khan.
The victims’ bodies were handed over to the families.
A heavy contingent of police and Frontier Corps has been deployed in the area to avert further clashes. Further investigation is underway.