Peshawar- Police in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a raid on a suspected militant hideout, resulting in a firefight in which five anti-terrorism commandos and two civilians were killed.
The incident took place in Chilas, a city of Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to Gilgit-Baltistan police spokesperson Mubarak Jan, the operation was carried out after the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) received information about the presence of the militants at a house in Ronai area of Chilas.
“Five CTD officials were killed and as many injured during the operation. Two civilians were also killed in the shootout,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
However, it did not give any details about the militants who opened fire on the police team.
“Police cordoned off the area after the incident,” he said.
Residents of Ronai village held a demonstration and blocked the main Chilas Road to protest against the killing of two civilians.
They alleged that the police and CTD had raided a house on ‘wrong information’.
Senior police officials reached there to persuade them to end the protest. They assured them that the killers would soon be apprehended.
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