At least two terrorists of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Tariq Gedhar Group) were killed in an encounter in Sukkur, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) stated on Sunday.
According to CTD officials, an operation was carried out on Jaffarabad Road in Sukkur on a tip-off from the federal agency.
Terrorists on motorcycles indiscriminately opened fire to avoid arrest. However, both the terrorists were injured in retaliatory firing; they died on the way to the hospital.
“CTD Sukkur and Garden Karachi took joint action against the terrorists,” Sukkur Station house officer (SHO) CTD Ali Nawaz Soomro claimed. He added that the terrorists had not yet been identified.
Two pistols, ball bearings, one kilogram of explosive material, a motorbike among other possessions were recovered from the terrorists, Soomro added.
“The incident has been registered on the complaint of Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Muhammad Younis of Garden Police, which includes provisions from the Anti-Terrorism Act,” the SHO said.
In September, an alleged member of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was shot dead in an encounter with the CTD police on the Hawkes Bay Road in Karachi.
According to CTD in-charge Mazhar Mashwani, the police launched an operation near Musharraf Colony based on a tip-off but were met with gunfire.
As the police retaliated, one of the alleged terrorists was shot and injured, he said, adding that his apparent accomplices managed to escape from the spot.
Mashwani claimed the injured terrorist, identified as Saeed alias Loha, succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital.