ISLAMABAD - Fierce exchange of fire between rival groups over property dispute claimed life of a man here on Saturday, besides leaving seven others wounded.

Police said that two armed groups, which were in dispute over ownership of piece of a land, traded fire. In the cross-firing one person died on the spot while seven others belonging to both groups sustained wounds who were shifted to hospital for treatment. The police after registering a case against armed men of both sides started raids for their arrest.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Police have arrested 20 suspects during a search operation conducted in various areas of the city, a police spokesman said.

IGP Islamabad Tahir Alam Khan directed all SDPOs and SHOs to enhance patrolling as well as checking in various areas of the city and conduct search operation at slum areas, Afghan habitats, under-construction buildings, workshops, bus stands and inns. Following his directions, sub-divisional police officers performing in Islamabad headed this search operation in the areas of Police Station Koral, Nilor and Margalla.

They succeeded to nab 20 suspects who are being investigated further. The SSP Islamabad has said the purpose of this search operation and high vigilance is to ensure foolproof security in the city and he further directed all SHOs to continue it.