SAHIWAL - Five alleged dacoits were killed and two constable sustained gunshot wounds during a shootout that took place here the other night.

Four dacoits managed to escape from the scene, the police informed.

According to the Sahiwal DPO, the dacoits were fleeing after committing robbery in the house of UC Chairman Husnain Chaudhry, opposite Civil Lines Colony Police Station late the other night.

On information, the police started chasing the fleeing dacoits. In the meanwhile, they came across the police in the jurisdiction of Ghala Mandi Police and a shootout erupted that last for quite some time. Resultantly, five dacoits whose identity could not be ascertained yet, were killed and four others managed to escape from the scene.

The police said that two police constables - Shan Muhammad and Khalid also got gunshot wounds in the crossfire and were shifted to DHQ Hospital Sahiwal.

The DPO said that teams have formed to nab the runaway dacoits.

The Fateh Sher and Gala Mandi have registered two cases against five robbers killed in the shootout. The police also registered cases against the four robbers who ran away.