KARACHI - Police on Saturday claimed to have killed four terrorists in an alleged encounter in Malir.

According to the police, the encounter took place at Usman Khaskheli Goth in Malir when the police conducted a raid on the basis of intelligence-based information about presence of some militants affiliated with the banned organisations such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Daesh in the area.

Police teams led by SSP Rao Anwar raided the hideout of the alleged terrorists and the suspects put up a strong resistance. According to SSP Rao Anwar, the terrorists also attacked the police force with hand grenades. However, no one from the police was hurt in the exchange of fire and in the hand grenade attack. He said that police also retaliated and killed four terrorists during an exchange of fire.

The bodies of the militants were later shifted to the morgue after completion of medico-legal formalities at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). One of the suspects was identified as Maulvi Ishaq and another as Nazar. SSP Anwar said Ishaq was a key commander of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Nazar Muhammad was gunman of former Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud. The remaining two suspects have yet to be identified. The Malir SSP also said that the suspects were involved in various high profile cases of terrorism, including PNS Mehran attack, Karachi airport attack and attack on imambargah on MA Jinnah Road. He said that besides high profiles terrorist attacks, the suspects were involved in various incidents of target killings of policemen, Rangers and soldiers. The police also claimed to have recovered three pistols, one rifle and a motorcycle from them. The cases were registered and further investigation was under way.