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9 'hardcore terrorists' killed in shootout with security personnel in DG Khan: ISPR

Updated Apr 14, 2017 04:03pm

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Three soldiers of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) lost their lives in an exchange of fire with suspected militants in Dera Ghazi Khan on Friday morning, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

ISPR said "9-10 hardcore terrorists" affiliated with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during the joint security operation launched by Rangers, intelligence agencies and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel near Choti Zareen area of Punjab's Dera Ghazi Khan district.

The suspected militants and their facilitators were holed up in a hideout in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zareen, 15 kilometres south of DG Khan when the raid was launched.

The ensuing exchange of fire killed at least nine militants including Muhammad Asghar Dadwani alias Ustad Gorchani and Muhammad Naeem alias Waqas Dadwani, ISPR said.

The Punjab Rangers personnel slain in the shootout were identified as Havaldar Asif, Sepoy Aftab and Sepoy Azizullah.

Two soldiers who sustained injuries were airlifted to Combined Military Hospital Multan by an army helicopter.

"The operation is still continuing to flush the area of terrorists who were involved in heinous crimes, ransom and terrorist activities," the military's media wing said.

The raid is a part of ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, which the army launched in February following a spate of terror attacks in the country, which claimed more than a hundred lives and left hundreds others injured.

The operation seeks to eliminate the "residual/latent threat of terrorism", consolidating the gains made in other military operations, and further ensuring the security of Pakistan's borders.

Hundreds of suspected terrorists have reportedly either been killed or arrested in raids carried out by security personnel since the start of the operation.

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Comments (11) Closed



M.Saeed Apr 14, 2017 12:36pm

Good riddance! Keep it up with God's speed.

MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Apr 14, 2017 12:37pm

suspected terrorists? psyops is strong with this one

M.Saeed Apr 14, 2017 01:06pm

Good success in operations. But, 9:3 ration of killed terrorists vs shaheed gallant rangers, is too much. We must introduce high tech means and measures like drone attacks for saving lives of our own forces.

Pakistani Apr 14, 2017 01:10pm

This operation in Punjab should have started long time ago, as it did everywhere else in the country.

Mas Apr 14, 2017 01:24pm

Good job rangers! We salute you.

citizen Apr 14, 2017 01:58pm

This type of operation is required in interior of Sindh.

The_Truth Apr 14, 2017 02:35pm

Good going army. Kill all the terrorists.

Khan Ka Sipahi Apr 14, 2017 03:11pm

Inna Lillah e WA Inna Elaih e Raji'oon. Rest in janna Shaheed Rangers Soldiers. We're indebted to you.

P K THAKUR Apr 14, 2017 03:40pm

Well done Pak rangers!You didn't only killed them but by this act saved many innocent lives which otherwise would have been at risk in future!

iffi Apr 14, 2017 04:19pm

There masters should also be put behind bar .... incompetence of punjab police & govt is fully exposed .... why the govt was not allowing rangers to operate ????? because these criminals help these politicians in tackling there opponents ....

Muhammad Apr 14, 2017 05:00pm

We are indebted to the families of all those who laid their lives to secure our future salute to martyred Soldiers