5 police, Levies personnel martyred, 1 dacoit killed

MASTUNG: Six persons including Five Police and Levies personnel and a dacoit were killed in an operation here Tuesday.

Twelve persons including Assistant commissioner, DSP and others were also injured.

According to details five dacoits forced their entry into National Bank of Pakistan branch here today. Upon their entry into the bank they shot dead security guard and captured his Kalashnikov. They took staff in the bank their hostage. However other guards present in the bank opened fire on dacoits. They ran away from the scene.

Police and Levies started their chase. Dacoits entered into Killi shaikhan and entrenched in a house. Police, ATF, FC and Levies reached the spot. Dacoits opened burst on them. As a result five police men and Levies personnel were martyred. In retaliatory fire one dacoit was killed. Two others were injured and arrested while two made good their escape.

Twelve persons including Assistant Commissioner Shafqat Shahwani, PDSP Nazir Ahmed, Naib Tehsildar Khad Koocha Sabzal Khan rind were injured. They were shifted to CMH Quetta.

Commissioner Kalat Dr Akbar Harifal, DIG Quetta Arif Nawaz, and others reached the scene and inspected the site of incident.

Commissioner Kalat on directives of Balochistan Chief Secretary announced Rupees three million each for police and Levies personnel martyred in the firing and Rupees 0.5 million for injured persons. Government would bear their treatment expenses.

They also announced that families of martyred police and Levies personnel would continue to receive salaries of personnel martyred. One relative from family of each martyred personnel would be given government job.

Funeral prayers of police men and Levies personnel was offered at Mastung. It was also attended by Commissioner Kalat, DIG Quetta and Levies and police officers.

Later Commissioner Kalat and others visited CMH Quetta and enquired about health of injured persons.

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