Landi kotal: 5 killed in shootout with kidnappers
LANDI KOTAL, Jan 23: At least three kidnappers and two security men were killed in a daylong shootout in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Monday.
Officials said that Khasadar and Levies personnel assisted by Peshawar police, Anti-Narcotics Force and FC surrounded the house of Malik Gul Rehman in Ghundi area after getting information about the presence of a gang of kidnappers inside.
They said that sensing danger the kidnappers opened fire on the security forces, which was retaliated.
Local sources said that exchange of fire continued for almost eight hours as the operation was launched at 9am and ended at 5pm in the evening.
Officials said that two khasadars identified as Mir Mat and Yousuf lost their lives when hit by bullets fired from the besieged house.
Another khasadar received injuries and he was shifted to a hospital in Peshawar.
Officials claimed to have killed three kidnappers while one of their accomplices managed to escape. Forces also put the house on fire after killing the three outlaws.
Local sources, however, said that a police official from Peshawar ordered killing of two kidnappers when they surrendered soon after the operation was launched.
Local sources said that one of the kidnappers held the forces engaged for almost eight hours after he saw execution of his accomplices at the hands of police. He was killed only when the forces used rocket launchers to destroy the house, they added.
Officials of political administration denied allegation about killing the two outlaws after their surrender.