Police Encounters Four militants in Swabi
PESHAWAR: Police claims killing at least four militants in an 'encounter' in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi district on Wednesday.
The militants were identified as Abbas, Muhammad Zeb, Liaquat and Hazrat Bilal by the police. Abbas is believed to be a resident of Swabi district, Zeb of Mohmand Agency, while the other two are from Peshawar.
Their affiliation with any terrorist outfit is yet to be ascertained.
District Police Officer (DPO) Swabi Javed Iqbal Wazir told media that they had received information regarding the presence of militants in Swabi's Ajmer area and had commenced a search operation which lasted for hours.
During the operation, a group of around 30 militants opened fire on the police party, the DPO said. Police responded with retaliatory firing, and subsequently four militants were killed during the ensuing encounter. The other militants managed to flee.
Later, 25 suspects were taken into custody from the area as police continued the search operation after the alleged encounter.
Considered to be a gateway between KP and Punjab, Swabi is one of the better developed regions in the province.
Since last year's attack on Peshawar's Army Public School, security forces have increased targeted operations and snap checking in different parts of the province to counter the scourge of terrorism.
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