Peshawar Corps Commander Let Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mahmood visited the site of an ongoing anti-terrorist operation in the Hayatabad area of the city on Tuesday morning.
The visit came amidst unofficial reports that four suspected terrorists had been killed and a policeman martyred so far in the longest-ever security operation in the area.
Police sources told DawnNewsTV that four or five suspected terrorists have been killed so far. According to the sources, two or three suspected terrorists are continuing to offer resistance after having taken refuge in the top floor of a house in a residential area located in Phase 7 of the upscale Hayatabad locality.
During his visit, Lt Gen Mahmood directed security officials to adopt all possible precautions to ensure the security of the area’s affected residents.
He lauded the security personnel present at the site, who have been engaged with the suspected terrorists since 8pm last night. He offered that army commandos could be involved in the final push, if need be.
Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai had said police received information that “some terrorists are in a house in Hayatabad.”
“A timely operation was conducted soon after, and the entire area, including the said house, was cordoned off,” he added.
“One of our officials has been martyred,” Capital City Police Officer Qazi Jameelur Rahman, who was supervising the operation, had said.
“One of the terrorists has also been killed,” he had stated at the time