PESHAWAR: Police claimed to have gunned down two suspected terrorists on Tuesday after they opened indiscriminate firing on a police station in Badhber area on the outskirts of Peshawar.
However, the family of one of the deceased protested outside the Governor House in the provincial capital, claiming foul play by the police.
Family members of Shehryar, a college student in his second year, said he was visiting Badhber area to collect his roll number.
Police shot down the youth suspecting he was a terrorist, the family claimed. The family has demanded senior police officials to order a probe into the incident.
Earlier, Superintendent of Police Rural Shafiullah Khan had said that police had prior information about the possible entry of suspected terrorists from Dara Adamkhel and as a result security was beefed up.
A suspicious black vehicle was signaled to stop near the police station. However, the miscreants opened fire at the personnel and attempted to flee. The resulting exchange of fire left a woman and child injured.
Police chased the car and shot one of the miscreants, who died on his way to the police station, they said.
“The other terrorist who had fled to the nearby population was engaged and killed,” Khan had said, claiming arms and ammunition were also recovered from the vehicle.
“We have recovered one Klashnikov, a pistol, two hand grenades, a pistol and several rounds of bullets,” he claimed. “The identity card of one Saqib Ibrar of Kohat has also been recovered from the car. We are investigating further into the incident.”
The identity of the other alleged ‘terrorist’ was still unclear.
The family members of the deceased will stage a demonstration again on Wednesday in protest, and have demanded a thorough investigation.
TTP ‘commander’ arrested in Karachi
Meanwhile, CID police with the help of intelligence agencies claimed to have arrested a key militant commander of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Karachi.
CID police carried out an operation in the city's Karachi area and arrested TTP militant Amir Sahib, who was described as a 'key commander' of the Taliban's Mullah Fazlullah group from Swat.
Initial investigation revealed that Amir was mobilizing a team to collect funds and to carry out targeted terrorist activities on Naval installations and government offices, police said.
They also claimed to have recovered four hand grenades and other arms and ammunition from the suspect.