Punjab police say the militants had plans to carry out "subversive activities” in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan. File photo
Gulf Today Report
Pakistan’s counterterrorism police said they killed two militants belong to an Al Qaeda subcontinent chapter in an overnight operation in eastern Punjab province.
In a statement Saturday, police said the militants had plans to carry out "subversive activities” in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan.
The intelligence-based operation was underway at the militants' hideout in Choti Bala area when they opened fire on the raiding party, triggering a shootout, said Imran Asghar, a counterterrorism official.
He said that two other militants escaped in the dark and police seized arms and ammunition.The Dera Ghazi Khan district is where Pakistan's three provinces — Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab — meet, and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is not far. Militants from insurgency-wrecked Baluchistan and fighters linked to the banned Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, often take shelter in the district.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Pakistan is battling a resurgence of its home-grown Taliban following the group's return to power in Afghanistan last year.
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