Two suicide bombers blew themselves up during a counter-terrorism department operation in Swabi district on Monday as the CTD conducted an intelligence-based operation after receiving information regarding the presence of militants in the city. As the CTD officers approached the suspected hideout, the terrorists opened fire.
A contingent of police surrounded the area and a heavy exchange of fire took place between the law enforcers and the terrorists.
Failing to find an escape route, the two suicide bombers blew themselves up, while one terrorist was arrested and transferred to an unknown location.
In a separate development, the Punjab CTD gunned down two suspected terrorists in a raid near Dera Ghazi Khan and rounded up two others, who had managed to escape during the operation, in Rahim Yar Khan.
Acting on a tip-off, the CTD carried out the raid in Jhangi area of Vehowa tehsil in Taunsa district near Dera Ghazi Khan and killed two suspected terrorists. Their two other accomplices managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness in the area.
However, the CTD conducted a search operation, carrying out raids at 36 different locations and checking 512 people through biometric screening, eventually arresting them both in Rahim Yar Khan within 24 hours.
The slain terrorists belonged to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Gandapur Group, which is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks on police and security forces.