Five CTD officers martyred in Chilas gunbattle

By: News Desk      Published: 12:08 PM, 28 Jul, 2020
Five CTD officers martyred in Chilas gunbattle
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At least five officers of Gilgit’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and two passersby were martyred and several others injured in an operation against wanted terror suspects in Chilas on Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The martyred CTD officials included one sub-inspector of Gilgit Baltistan Police while five other officers were also injured in the operation.

According to police, the law enforcement personnel raided a house in Ronai Mohallah of Chilas to arrest the wanted suspects. The raid resulted in an exchange of fire.

The gunbattle resulted in the martyrdom of five CTD men and injured to five others. Two civilians were also killed who were caught up in the encounter. The terror suspects later managed to escape from the scene.

The martyred personnel were identified as Sub-Inspector Sohrab, Junaid Ali, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Shakil and Ghulam Murtaza. The martyred civilians were named as Izharullah and Basharat.

The martyred personnel and the injured were shifted to hospital.

Gilgit-Baltistan Caretaker Chief Minister Mir Afzal Khan summoned a report of the attack on the CTD team from the GB IGP. He paid tribute to the martyrs and vowed to take action against the accused.

The GB Caretaker Chief Minister said that the terrorists were involved in an arms and ammunition business. “I salute the police for their courage. The government extends heartfelt condolences to families of the martyrs,” said CM Mir Afzal Khan.

SP Diamer Sher Khan said police were speaking to witnesses at the crime scene and the CTD officials. He also added that the CTD were authorised to carry out raids all over Gilgit Baltistan.

In a separate raid in Karachi on July 22, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials had arrested five alleged terrorists of a banned outfit during a raid conducted in Golimar.

CTD in-charge Ali Raza had told media that the detained terrorists were affiliated with banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, whereas the raiding team had also seized illegal weapons from their possession. The seized weaponry included two Kalashnikovs and bullets.