LAHORE - A 38-year-old woman and her 30-year-old neighbour were critically wounded after they fought back against bandits during a robbery in posh EME Housing Society, police said Wednesday.

The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital, where condition of the woman was stated to be serious. Two gunmen forced their entry into House No200 in EME Society. As the woman, Faiza Bibi, made hue and cry and then tried to overpower one of the bandits, the other fired shots at her. “She sustained two bullets in the legs and another on the right hand,” Chuhng police inspector Javed Siddique said.

In the meantime, 30-year-old Amir who lives on the upper portion of the house rushed to rescue her. The gunmen also opened straight fire on Amir and fled. Amir sustained two bullets in the legs, the cop said. Both the injured were shifted to hospital.

The local police tried to hush up the brazen gun-attack by terming the incident an attempted murder rather than reporting the crime as a house robbery-cum-attempted murder. No case was registered till Wednesday night.

‘ROBBERS’ killed: Two alleged robbers were killed in a shootout with police in different parts of the provincial metropolis, officials claimed. According to police, the bandits were killed during crossfire in Millat Park and Raiwind City police precincts. The police named the dead as Ahsan Khalid and Tanveer alias Teera.

However, a police source revealed that both the bandits were killed in staged encounters. “They were already in police custody since they were being interrogated in connection with armed robberies,” an officer said, requesting anonymity.

The bandits along with their accomplices were looting passersby at gunpoint when patrolling squads appeared there. The robbers opened fire on police, trigging armed encounters.

Two of the bandits were shot dead in Millat Park and Raiwind City police precincts while their accomplices fled during the crossfire. As per initial investigations, police claimed, the bandits were wanted to the police in several cases.

Killings of criminals in staged police encounters are on the rise across the Punjab province, where the law enforcement agency killed at least 198 alleged criminals during the first six months of this year. The police had killed 141 alleged criminals in such actions during the same period in 2014.