The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab conducted raids on militants’ hideouts and killed six operatives of a Taliban faction responsible for latest attacks in the country.
The CTD officers surrounded a hideout of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistans Jamaatul Ahrar faction in Multan late on Wednesday and ordered the suspects inside to surrender.
The militants engaged the officers on gun battle whereby six were killed while three escaped, the department added.
The militants reportedly had killed two bomb disposal officers in Quetta. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office near Peshawar on Wednesday, killing five people.
Jamaatul Ahrar attacks have underlined the threat militants pose to the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif despite military operation Zarb-e-Azb launched in 2014 to push them out of their strongholds near the Afghan border.
According to the government, militants launch attacks from the Afghan side of the border citing security breach.