Pakistan

Five terrorists killed in hours-long gunbattle after Karachi police chief office attack

KARACHI: Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) Friday night cleared the five-story office of the city’s police chief after nearly a four-hour operation — weeks after a deadly attack in Peshawar’s Police Lines.

At least three militants blew themselves, while two were gunned down in the shootout, officials confirmed, as they swept the office situated on the main artery of Sharea Faisal.

Four people — including Rangers and police personnel — also lost their lives, and 18 people were injured, officials confirmed to Geo News, the latest attack on security forces as terrorism grips the nation.

The incident invited strong criticism from the top government officials, however, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told Geo News’ Shahzeb Khanzada that “condemnations are not enough” and called for strict action against militants.

The attack began at 7:10pm, while police and Rangers personnel cleared the five-storey building in phases, finally sweeping the entire office by around 10:46pm.

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