QUETTA: One police personnel was martyred while six suspected terrorists allegedly affiliated with the banned Islamic State (IS) militant group were killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) near Eastern Bypass in Quetta in the wee hours of Wednesday, Balochistan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt said.
According to the senior police official, personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and intelligence agencies launched a combined raid on a suspected terrorist hideout in the Eastern Bypass area of the city after they received reports regarding the presence of terrorists in the area.
According to details, one of the suicide bombers blew himself up during the encounter while five others, including a woman, were also killed in the shootout.
One official of the Balochistan Constabulary was martyred and eight others from the Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) were injured, one of whom is said to be critical.
Initial reports suggested that a five-hour-long operation was carried out at a compound near the locality and a huge cache of arms and explosives were recovered.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan felicitated the security forces for the successful operation and prayed for the early recovery of the injured cops.