The area turned into a battlefield due to the cross-fire between cops and miscreants. Police contingents from two districts – Kashmore and Ghotki – seemed all ineffective before armed miscreants.
Both the sides freely exchanged fire resulting in the death of three persons including a minor who was passing by. Three cops were also wounded in the episode.
Police conducted the raid to recover a girl who was abducted eight years ago, but the miscreants opened indiscriminate fire as they spotted the cops.
The gunbattle lasted for several hours, yet the police failed to recover the abductee.
Intense firing caused panic among the residents, prompting closure of all businesses across the city.