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The security forces and police have mowed down all the five terrorists after a joint operation continued for over 17 hours inside a three storey residential compound here at posh locality Hayatabad township bordering Khyber district.
An Assistant Sub-Inspector of police, Qamar Alam was martyred in the very initial stage of the operation while three cops injured in the shootout.
The intelligence based operation was conducted at a residential compound in Phase-VII Hayatabad after police received information about presence of some six to seven terrorists inside the compound.
Soon after the information, the police party along with security forces rushed to the site and cordoned off the suspected houses. The terrorists immediately started firing at the police party resultantly ASI Qamar Alam of Tatara police station embraced martyrdom after sustaining critical bullets injuries.
The killing of police personnel opened up a full fledge operation against terrorists and continue till 1230 pm on Tuesday.
Zahoor Afridi, SSP Operation Peshawar told media persons that operation has been successfully completed as all the terrorists were killed and the compound was cleared. The police and security personnel participated in the 17 hours nerves testing operation.
During the clearance operation, the forces recovered explosive laden motorcycle which was neutralized by the BDS squad.
The terror suspects were wanted for attacks on inspector-general of police and judicial officers, security sources said.
According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai, Pakistan Army personnel took part in the operation alongside the police force.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood visited the site of the operation earlier today, where he lauded the professionalism of the security personnel.
City police chief Qazi Jamil ur Rehman said that the entire residence has been cleared and situation was under the control. He said that houses in the neighborhood were vacated to avert any casualty to local residents.
He clarified that the operation lasted for over 17 hours as the forces were directed to conduct the operation in such a manner to avoid casualties to civilians’ lives.
The Chief Minister in a brief chat with media person said the security forces took timely action against terrorists and successfully eliminated them.
However, the CM was not cleared about identity of the terrorists killed in the operation, saying that nothing could be said in the moment.
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