MULTAN, Pakistan — Pakistan’s counterterrorism authorities said that they killed two militants belong to an al-Qaeda subcontinent chapter in an overnight operation in southern Punjab province.
In a statement Saturday, authorities said the militants had intended to take out”subversive activities” from the field of Dera Ghazi Khan. The intelligence-based performance was underway in the militants’ hideout at Choti Bala place if they opened fire to the raiding party, triggering a shootout, said Imran Asghar, a counterterrorism official.
He explained two other militants escaped from the dark and authorities captured arms and ammunition.
The Dera Ghazi Khan district is where Pakistan’s three states – Baluchistan, Sindh, and Punjab – match, and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa state isn’t far. Militants from insurgency-wracked Baluchistan and fighters linked to the prohibited Pakistani Taliban also called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, frequently take refuge from the district.