4 members of defunct TTP killed in Hangu

Tariq Saeed

In an Intelligence Based Operation carried out by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Hangu district on Tuesday at least four suspected terrorists were gunned down.

The dead militants were members of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The CTD claimed.

The operation was carried out in the Jahaazo Maidan area in Thall tehsil of Hangu. The CTD authorities said adding security officials had received reports of the presence of terrorists in the area, and an intelligence-based operation was launched.

The suspected terrorists, CTD officials said, offered resistance and opened fire as the police approached their hideout. The security personnel returned the fire killing four suspected terrorists, whose identities were later ascertained as Mustafa Khan, Ahmed Rahim, Sameen Saeed, and Mustafa Khan.

The dead terrorists belonged to the Ameer Hatim Group of the banned TTP and were wanted for several acts of terrorism, targeted killing, and extortion. CTD said. Two of the dead terrorists, the CTD officials claimed were involved in target killing of several policemen protecting polio vaccination teams.

Also The CTD has recovered four SMGs, 16 chargers, and ammunition from the hideout. Reports say the Security forces continued net and search operation in the region till the filing of this report and were tightening noose around the outlaws.

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