Peshawar, Apr 16: A police officer was killed and five suspected terrorists were neutralised in a joint intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistan Army and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police personnel in the northwestern city of Peshawar, triggering a 17-hour shootout, a military media wing statement said on Tuesday. Three other police officers were also injured in the operation.
The anti-terrorism operation was launched after suspects had taken cover in a residential building in Phase 7 of the Hayatabad locality, from where they attacked the security forces, the Dawn reported. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Qazi Jamil said that militants used sophisticated weapons to confront the police and army personnel.
"One of the suspects had been killed last night, whereas the rest of the four were neutralised on Tuesday. The Special Services Group and police personnel participated in the operation. Two of them were injured during today's action," Jamil added.
Forces are in the process of clearing the compound and search in adjacent areas is in progress.
Dead bodies of the terrorists killed in the operation have been recovered, and their identification is in process. Besides, 50 kgs of explosive materials were found installed in a bike and parts of the building in which the suspects were hiding, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Lauding the professionalism of the security personnel, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan told the media that police had launched the operation on a tip off that suspected terrorists were hiding in a house in the Hayatabad area, adding that seven terrorists had been hiding in the house.
Senior police and army officials from the city also visited the operation site to check the attack strategy of the personnel taking part in the joint operation. The identities or affiliations of the terrorists were not revealed, but some local media reports said that the militants were associated with some proscribed organization and were planning to attack a senior official in Peshawar. They were also involved in attacking a senior judge in the same area in 2017. (UNI)