Four martyred, three terrorists killed in operation

Dead terrorists included a commander of banned outfit involved in attacks on security forces.

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M. Irshadullah Khan

PESHAWAR: In a joint operation conducted by law enforcement agencies, three terrorists, including a high-ranking commander of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in Matani Hasan Khel, a suburb of Peshawar.

According to police, four security personnel, including two police officers, were martyred and four others, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), were injured in the intense operation. The injured have been shifted to a hospital for medical assistance.

A large cache of weapons and ammunition, including automatic rifles, hand grenades, and explosive material, was seized from the terrorists, sources said. The terrorists were reportedly planning to carry out a major attack in the city, but the operation foiled their plans.

The martyred personnel included Sub-Inspector Tajmeer Shah, who was in charge of the Frontier Road Chowki, and Assistant Sub-Inspector Akram Khan, who was part of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

The injured included DSPCTD Bahram Khan, SICTD Abdul Basir Khan, CTD Constable Mehboob Shah, and Constable Dastar Ali.

The operation was conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Department, police, and other law enforcement agencies, who surrounded the terrorists’ hideout and engaged them in a fierce encounter. The terrorists were killed in the ensuing firefight, which lasted for several hours.

The terrorists killed were identified as Commander Abdul Rahim, a resident of Hasan Khel, Naqeeb Khan, a resident of Dara Adam Khel, and Sabir Khan, a resident of Matni Shrikara. The commander was reportedly involved in several terrorist attacks in the province.

This operation comes after a surge in terrorist attacks in the province, with nine districts affected last month. The security forces have launched a crackdown on terrorist hideouts and safe houses in the region, and several operations have been conducted in recent weeks.

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