SARGODHA - Two bandits were shot dead in a shootout with police here at 57/SB locality in the remit of Atta Shaheed Police on Saturday.

According to the police sources, two suspects who were later identified as Bilal Yasin, son of Abdul Razzaq, a resident of Chak-14/GB District Faisalabad and his unidentified accomplice hired a car (LEA/2824) from Shahpur Sargodha Taxi Stand early in the morning for Kathiala Sheikhan District Mandi Bahauddin.

When they reached village Bhabhrani situated in the Shahpur Sadder Police precinct, the suspects shot the driver (Farooq) dead and sped away towards Faisalabad.

Meanwhile, the police was tipped off about the incident and the runaway culprits.

Acting on the call, the Atta Shaheed Police established an emergency picket at 58/SB barrier. Meanwhile, the police signalled a suspicious car to stop but instead the suspects opened fire and tried to run away.  The police chased the car and were left with no option but to fire in retaliation.

The trade of fire continued for an hour during which both the culprits were killed.

The police recovered the stolen car, two pistols, a gun 12-bore and a number of bullets from the spot.