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Kidnappers of Shahbaz Taseer killed in Sheikhupura ‘encounter’

LAHORE: A team of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Sunday claimed to have killed two alleged kidnappers of Shahbaz Taseer, son of the slain Punjab Chief Minister Salman Taseer, and four other suspected militants during an ‘encounter’ near Sheikhupura.

According to the CTD officials, they conducted an overnight raid late on Saturday following a tip-off to their department.

In all, three of the killed militants were later identified, including two brothers, Sajid Khan and Riaz Hussain, who were also involved in the kidnapping of Shahbaz Taseer, revealed CTD officials.

The CTD officials further said that the pair of brothers belonged to the Jamrud area of Khyber agency, a tribal area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region of the country.

They said a third militant was also identified as Haji Muhammad.

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On Saturday night, the CTD team had received information that a number of wanted militants were present in Sheikhupura, after which an overnight raid was planned and successfully conducted, said the officials.

The CTD team also exchanged fire with the suspects during the operation because of which six militants were killed, they added.

Meanwhile, a huge cache of arms, ammunition, and bullets was also recovered from their possession.



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