Suspect shot dead, cop wounded in encounter



A suspected street criminal was shot dead and a police constable was wounded during an exchange of fire in the Surjani Town neighbourhood.

Officials said the encounter took place in Khuda Ki Basti, which falls within the jurisdiction of the Surjani Town police station. They said policemen on routine patrol tried to intercept two suspects on a motorbike.

However, they added, the suspects opened fire on the police and tried to escape, and resultantly, a police constable, namely 27-year-old Mansoor, was wounded. Officials said police returned fire and killed one of the suspects, but the other one managed to escape under the cover of fire.

Police said the casualties were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH), where the dead suspect was identified as 25-year-old Naeem Yaqoob. Officials said the record of the deceased revealed that he had been a habitual criminal. They also claimed recovering a pistol from Yaqoob.