Al Qaeda suspect gunned down in Khushab ‘encounter’

KHUSHAB: Police on Tuesday gunned down a suspected terrorist in an alleged encounter in Khushab.

The ‘encounter’ took place in Katwai area of Khushab, within the remits of Naushera police station, officials said.

The suspect reportedly belonged to al Qaeda and was identified as Ismail.

Police shifted the body of the deceased to hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Earlier, in June an alleged Islamic State commander was killed while three others fled on Wednesday in a police encounter.

According to DIG Zulfikar Hameed, upon receiving a tip-off about the presence of terrorists in the area, Nowshera police and elite force personnel surrounded the area.

Police recovered a suicide jacket, two kilograms of explosive material, and a Kalashinkov from the slain militant.

DIG Sargodha Region said that the slain militant identified as Younus Muhammad Sher was a local IS commander and was also involved in the murder of a policeman.

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