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Militants shot dead 9 including 5 officials in Punjab attacks

Militants shot dead 9 including 3 policemen due to raid on hideout in Rajanpur and at a checkpost in DG Khan.

Militants shot dead 9

According to police, militants ambushed a security force vehicle in Arbi Tabba area in Rajanpur.

The militants firing left five dead. Police spokesman Kaleem Qureshi said two police officers, two intelligence officers and an informant lost their lives.

Furthermore, he said ambush occurred late Sunday while en route to raid a militant hideout.

However, no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

But the area borders southwestern Balochistan province, which has remained target of separatist groups and takfiri terrorists.

Dera Ghazi Khan attack

Another militant attack reported in Dera Ghazi Khan where four lost lives. Among the victim included a police official.

The gunmen opened fire at a security checkpost in DG Khan.

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Backgrounder

In April 2017, at least 10 Deobandi Taliban terrorists had lost their lives in a shootout in DG Khan.

However, ISPR had said thar 9-10 hardcore terrorists affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during the joint security operation.

However, then Pakistan Rangers, intelligence agencies and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel conducted the operation.

That took place near Choti Zareen area of Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan district.

They made the militants and their facilitators to hide in hideout in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zareen, 15 kilometres south of DG Khan when the raid launched.

The ensuing exchange of fire killed at least nine militants including Muhammad Asghar Dadwani alias Ustad Gorchani and Muhammad Naeem alias Waqas Dadwani, ISPR said.

The Punjab Rangers personnel slain in the shootout identified as Havaldar Asif, Sepoy Aftab and Sepoy Azizullah.
Two soldiers who sustained injuries airlifted to Combined Military Hospital Multan by an army helicopter.

Operation Raddul Fasaad

The raid conducted under Operation Raddul Fasaad, which the army launched in February 2017 following a spate of terror attacks in the country.

That wave had claimed more than a hundred lives and left hundreds others injured.
The operation sought to eliminate the “residual/latent threat of terrorism”, consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring the security of Pakistan’s borders.
Hundreds of suspected terrorists have reportedly either been killed or arrested in raids carried out by security personnel since the start of the operation.

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