KARACHI: At least 29 suspected militants were killed on Friday in overnight raids by law-enforcement agencies including the Pakistan Rangers, after a crackdown launched in wake of the terror attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan.
Pakistan Rangers Sindh killed eighteen militants while two officials were injured in raids in Karachi and parts of Sindh.
According to Rangers, suspects in Kathore, Gadap Town near the Super Highway opened fire at a paramilitary vehicle returning from Sehwan. Seven militants were killed in response while heavy weapons were also recovered from their possession. The dead have been shifted to Karachi for identification.
In Manghopir area, Rangers official launched a search operation after a tip-off, when militants fired on them. Eleven terrorits were killed in response while one official was injured.
Law-enforcement agencies also carried out raids in Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, Bannu of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Orakzai agency of FATA.
Two militants were killed in D.I. Khan allegedly involved in carrying out an overnight attack on a police van which killed four officials and injured five others. In Bannu, four militants were killed near Marwat canal within the jurisdiction of Bakakhel police station.
In Peshawar three suspects were killed in the Reggi area on the outskirts of the city. SSP Operations said that the suspects refused to stop at checkpost and fired at the Police. Three were killed in the gunfire while explosive material was also recovered from their possession.
In Quetta, the Frontier Constabulary killed one militant near Darakshan area on Sariab Road, while two officials were also injured. FC officials said that the suspect belonged to a proscribed outfit and was involved in several incidents of target killing.
While in Punjab the counter-terrorism department carried out raid in Sargodha and killed two militants.