GHOTKI: At least five cops embraced martyrdom when a group of armed dacoits attacked a police camp set up in the Kacha area of Ubauro in Ghotki.
A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and two station house officers (SHO) were among those who laid their lives in the attack.
The police camp was set up in the Kacha area to recover the hostages from the Ronti area, said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Javed Jiskani.
The DIG said that over 150 dacoits attacked the police camp, killing five officers including a DSP and two SHOs. A heavy contingent of police has been dispatched to the area where the policemen were attacked.
The police said that the bodies of the martyrs are still in the possession of the robbers.
Sources privy to the matter claimed the dacoits ambushed the police convoy as they had already been informed about the police operation in the area.
The police decided to set up a picket in the Kacha area of Ubauro to arrest a relative of Sakhi Sultan alias Saltu Shar.
As soon as the police party, headed by a DSP with three armoured personnel carriers (APC) reached the area, the dacoits fired rockets at them. Five police personnel, including the DSP and two SHOs, were martyred in the attack.
The police were also equipped with rocket launchers but surprisingly they were useless during the clash due to “technical fault”, the sources added.
Meanwhile, the dacoits surrounded the police party and held several cops hostage. The hostages were released following a successful negotiation with the bandits, the sources added.
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