4 suspects killed in Pakistan ‘encounter’

20 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Sahiwal: Four persons, including a husband, wife and their teenage daughter, were killed while their minor son received bullet wounds when the vehicle the family was travelling in was fired upon in an alleged encounter by the officials of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police on Saturday near Sahiwal, DawnNewsTV reported.

The alleged encounter — which the CTD officials later termed an ‘intelligence-based operation’ — took place on GT Road near Sahiwal. The CTD claimed that the operation was conducted on the basis of information about the presence of suspected terrorists, provided by the department and an intelligence agency — the name of which they did not specify.

According to the details provided by police, the CTD Sahiwal officials signalled a car and a motorcycle to stop near Sahiwal Toll Plaza. “The [alleged] terrorists retaliated by firing at the CTD officials following which a shootout ensued.