LAKKI MARWAT - Three militants and a police officer were killed in different clashes in Abakhel and Balkhi Koroona localities of the district on Monday evening. 

“Acting upon a tip off, a police party headed by DPO Muhammad Idrees Khan raided a house near Abakhel in the area limits of Lakki Marwat police station”, said an official. He said that security was tightened in the entire district after police received credible information about the presence of militants. He said the law enforcers were directed to increase patrolling and carry out raids on the hideouts of criminals and militants.

“As soon as the law enforcers entered the house near Abakhel the militants opened fire on them,” he said. He said SHO Lakki Muhammad Ismaeel laid down his life and an Elite Force personnel Zahid Ali sustained bullet injuries in the gunfight with militants. “Two militants were also killed”, he added. He said that the body of slain police official and wounded cop were shifted to government city hospital.  Separately, another police party of Ghaznikhel police station signalled a motorcycle with two riders on it to stop near Balkhi Koroona. “The bike riders instead attacked the police party by opening fire on it”, said the official.

He said that after exchange of fire police killed a militant and arrested his accomplice. “Seven hand grenades, four klashnikovs and a good number of bullets were also seized from the killed and arrested militants”, he maintained.