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Police kill 2 militants, seize weapons in eastern Pakistan

Two other militants escaped in the dark [Getty]

Date of publication: 7 November, 2020

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Pakistani counterterrorism police said they killed two al-Qaeda militants with plans to carry out 'subversive activities'.
Pakistan's counterterrorism police said they killed two militants belong to an al-Qaeda subcontinent chapter in an overnight operation in eastern Punjab province. 

In a statement on Saturday, police said the militants had plans to carry out "subversive activities" in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan. The intelligence-based operation was underway at the militants' hideout in Choti Bala area when they opened fire on the raiding party, triggering a shootout, said Imran Asghar, a counterterrorism official. 

He said that two other militants escaped in the dark and police seized arms and ammunition.

The Dera Ghazi Khan district is where Pakistan's three provinces - Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab - meet, and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is not far.

Militants from insurgency-wrecked Baluchistan and fighters linked to the banned Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, often take shelter in the district.

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