Counter-terrorism police and intelligence personnel have raided militant hideouts near Sukkur, killing two militants.
According to reports, security forces carried out the operation in the Patni area of Sukkur early Saturday morning. Authorities say both men were charged with assaulting security forces.
During the security operation, the suspects tried to flee and opened fire on police, Shahid Solangi, an anti-terrorism police officer, told the Associated Press. According to the official, both the militants were killed in the retaliatory firing of the police.
Both men were said to belong to the Noor Islam group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban.
Authorities say the two men were involved in attacks on police and security forces in South Waziristan and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to Solangi, both the men were in the custody of the security forces and had entered Sindh province a few days ago.
Earlier this week, four women were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a relief vehicle in Pakistan’s former tribal region on February 22nd. The women worked for an NGO.
In addition, the last few months have seen an increase in militant attacks in Pakistan, especially on security forces. Most of these incidents have occurred in the former tribal areas and Balochistan.
Pakistani military spokesman General Babar Iftikhar told a press conference this week that the military was increasing its response to attacks on terrorist hideouts.