MARDAN: Three persons, including two brothers, lost their lives, and three others sustained injuries in a firing incident in Mardan on Tuesday.

Police said two groups, who were cousins, exchanged fire in Gharibabad, Mayar area in the limits of Hoti Police Station after a verbal clash among women from the two sides. Two brothers from one group, Anwar Ali and Qaiser Ali, and one person from other group, Hazrat Ali, died on the spot in the firing incident, while three other persons, including two passers-by, sustained injuries. The deceased persons were cousins and they clashed over a women’s issue.

The assailants escaped from the scene after the firing. Police have filed a case and are conducting raids to arrest the culprits.

The Rescue 1122 personnel shifted the bodies and the injured to Mardan Medical Complex.

After the incident, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Mushtaq Ahmed, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) City Ali bin Tariq along with a heavy contingent of police reached the spot and arrested several suspects and confiscated their arms.

4 terrorists killed in Loralai

Four terrorists were killed as they exploded their suicide vests during an operation by the security forces in Loralai district of Balochistan on Tuesday.

ASP Attaur Rehman said while giving details about the operation that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), security forces and police conducted a joint intelligence-based operation and raided a compound in Naseerabad area of Loralai. He said an exchange of fire took place with terrorists inside the compound after which they exploded their suicide jackets to avoid arrest. All the terrorists died in the operation. The suspected terrorist were involved in several cases, including attacks on security forces.

Attaur Rehman said four personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) were also injured in the operation who were immediately taken to nearby hospital. A search and clearance operation was also carried out in the area. however, there were no reports of arrests in the operation. The operation in Loralai was carryout out after increasing militant activities in the area.

Meanwhile, in another development, two terrorists of a banned outfit were killed in exchange of fire with security forces in Draban area of Dera Ismail Khan.

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