Seven extremists were killed in a shootout in Punjab province as police raided the group suspected of launching attacks on security posts, officials said Sunday.
Gunfire erupted between between police and 10 suspected militants early Sunday morning in a house where the group was holed up. Police said the seven dead were killed by bullets from their own men.
“When the firing stopped, seven terrorists were found dead by the firing of their own accomplices and the remaining escaped in the darkness of the night,” a police statement said.
The shootout occurred in central Punjab province about 56 kilometres (35 miles) west of Lahore.
Police said the Islamists belonged to the Pakistani branch of the Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the banned sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).
They were accused of planning attacks on security posts and law enforcement agencies in Punjab. -AFP