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Two target killers arrested in Peshawar

By our correspondents
August 03, 2016

PESHAWAR: The Capital City Police have arrested two terrorists involved in target killing of government officers, high profile individuals and recovered explosives from their custody.

According to an official of the Capital City Police, the cops had cordoned off the limits of the Faqirabad Police Station after reports that terrorists had entered the city to carry out attacks. The official added that when the cops signalled two persons on a motorbike near Qazi Killay, they opened fire on policemen that was returned.

During the exchange of fire, both the terrorists ran away. However, the police managed to arrest one of them who was later identified as Safirullah, a commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Police recovered a 17-kilogram-heavy Improvised Explosive Device, four hand grenades, batteries and a pistol from the custody of the held terrorist.

Meanwhile, police arrested another alleged target killer from Yakatoot after an exchange of fire. Another of his accomplice managed to escape. Police recovered two hand grenades, an IED and apistol from the held militant, identified as Ismail. He disclosed the one who escaped was Shahid of the Lashkar-e-Islam outfit.

The areas of Yakatoot and Faqirabad have become a big headache for the Capital City Police authorities where target killings are happening unabated for many months now. The cops are in a fix as to how to find a solution to the issue of target killings, particularly in Yakatoot and some areas of Faqirabad.