Police sub-inspector martyred, another injured in exchange of fire with suspects

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Police arrest injured suspect as IGP vows to hunt down rest of the shooters

Zubair Qureshi

A sub-inspector of Islamabad police was Saturday killed in an exchange of fire with suspects who were riding a four-wheeler at a private housing society in Bhara Kahu area.

Sub-Inspector Liaqat Ali is from Sohan village and is survived by a widow, one son and three daughters. His funeral prayers were attended by Inspector Geneal of Police (IGP) Muhammad Ahsan Younas, SSP Operations Faisal Kamran and senior officers and a large number of colleagues.

The shootout took place in the early hours when the suspects were returning after firing and harassment at the private housing society’s office. They had opened fire at the labourers working there and had injured three of them

According to police, as the wireless message was aired on their radio, Bhara Kahu police tried to intercept the vehicle and signaled it to stop. However, instead of stopping the suspects resorted to firing and one of the bullets hit Sub-Inspector Liaqat Ali in the chest who died of the wounds while another policeman was injured.

“As soon as the police were informed regarding the incident, they chased the vehicle and intercepted it. After an exchange of fire between the two sides, sub-inspector Liaqat sustained injuries and later died while being shifted to a health facility,” said a police spokesperson.

A police cop also sustained injuries during the gunfight while one of the suspects in the vehicle also sustained bullet wounds and was later arrested. “However, the other accomplice was able to escape,” he said.

SSP Faisal Kamran said that the attack was result of an old enmity between the two parties. “One suspect suffered injuries,” he said, adding we have obtained CCTV footage of the incident and the investigation is underway.

“One of the suspects is arrested in injured condition,” he said, adding that the driver of the vehicle shot and killed the police sub-inspector and he is currently absconding. “We have obtained CCTV footage of the entire episode,” he said.

While talking to media persons, IGP Ahsan Younas eulogized the sacrifice of the martyred Police Officer Liaqat Ali saying his sacrifice would not go in vain. We are closely monitoring the CCTV footage and soon the other accomplice(s) will be arrested, said the IGP.

Recently, Islamabad police claimed to have apprehended four with three of them in injured condition after two robbery bids in the federal capital.

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