MUZAFFARGARH: The leader of banned outfit Malik Ishaq, his two sons and eleven other alleged terrorists were killed by the firing of their own accomplices in an encounter with Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Shahwali forest area of the district during early hours of Wednesday, police said in a statement.
Six policemen including an officer and five constables were also injured in the attack and were hospitalized, police spokesman Adnan told APP.
According to details, a police team of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) Multan was taking Malik Ishaq, his two sons Malik Haq Nawaz and Malik Usman, Tehzeeb Haidar Shah, Zubair alias Tidda and defunct LeJ vice president Ghulam Rasool Shah to a place at Multan-Mianwali road in Muzaffargarh Sadar police area after they disclosed during investigations that weapons were hidden at some place there.
The spokesman said that weapons were recovered after they reached Shahwali forests, however, in the meantime, around 14-15 armed men attacked CTD team in a bid to get Malik Ishaq and others released.
The CTD team, however, retaliated and a firing encounter began. Reinforcements were called from Muzaffargarh police lines.
The firing continued for around three hours that left fourteen alleged terrorists including leader of banned outfit, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Malik Ishaq, his sons Malik Haq Nawaz and Malik Usman, LeJ vice president Ghulam Rasool Shah, Tehzeeb Haidar Shah, Zubair alias Tidda and eight others were killed in the encounter, Adnan said.
The exchange of fire also left six policemen injured who were admitted to DHQ hospital Muzaffargarh for treatment.
Around five to six alleged terrorists managed to escape from the area, the spokesman said.
Bodies of the alleged terrorists were shifted to DHQ hospital Muzaffargarh where their postmortem examination was underway.
Police also issued a release stating that Malik Ishaq, his two sons, LeJ vice president Ghulam Rasool Shah, and others were in custody of CTD Multan on physical remand in cases registered against them. During investigations, they disclosed presence of weapons and CTD took them to that place in Shahwali area for weapons recovery.
The CTD recovered 40 kilogram of gunpowder concealed in three water coolers, eight (8) detonators each of them six metres long, three remote control devices, 12 batteries, four hand grenades, one MP5 pistol, one pistol 30 bore, a Kalashanakov with two magazines, and 500 live rounds.
Meanwhile, the release added, 14-15 unknown but armed terrorists reached there and attacked the CTD team leaving six policemen injured. SHO CTD Multan and police team chased the attackers triggering a firing encounter.
All the fourteen alleged terrorists were killed by the firing of their own accomplices, the release said. Others managed to escape.
The CTD recovered four Klashanikovs, two more Klashanikovs which the outlaws had snatched from police, four pistols, 13/14 magazines, and three special jackets that have room to carry pistols and magazines. An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that in addition to other cases, nine cases were registered with CTD against Malik Ishaq.