Pakistani soldiers. File photo/ Reuters
Pakistani authorities say a raid by security forces on a militant hideout in the northwestern city of Peshawar triggered a 15-hour shootout in which a police officer and at least five suspected militants were killed.
Shaukat Yousafzai, a government spokesman in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said police and commandos surrounded a home in the city on Monday night, acting on intelligence about planned attacks.
He says the suspects were asked to surrender but instead, they opened fire on the security forces. Police say the suspects also threw grenades, which killed an officer.
The operation is ongoing and the security forces are trying to get into the basement of the house, where one or two more suspects might be hiding.
Peshawar is the provincial capital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan.
Pakistan has lost millions of precious lives fighting against terrorism for the last four decades. There is no doubt that Pakistan is the only country in the world that has won the war against terrorism after paying a huge price
Kaleem Qureshi, spokesman for the country's Counter-Terrorism Department, said officers seized a bomb and weapons from the hideout of the slain men in the town of Rajanpur in Punjab province.
The Pakistani military said on Monday militants attacked an army post in a troubled region bordering Afghanistan where ethnic tensions have recently flared up with minority Pashtuns,
Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety. Rebel groups have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir’s independence or merger with neighboring Pakistan.
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