CHILAS: Five policemen belonging to the Gilgit Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) were martyred in an exchange of fire during a midnight raid in Diamer’s Chilas district on Tuesday.
According to officials, five policemen including an inspector were martyred during the raid while an equal number of CTD officials were wounded in the exchange of fire. Two others were also killed in the exchange of fire between the police and suspects.
Police said they were conducting a raid when the suspects opened fire killing five members of the CTD.
Caretaker GB chief minister Mir Afzal Khan has directed IG Gilgit Baltistan to submit a report of the incident. “The suspects were involved in trading weapons, apart from terrorist activities,” he said.
Protestors open Karakoram Highway after successful talks
Protestors, who had blocked the Karakoram Highway after two people were killed in the exchange of fire, agreed to open the road for traffic after successful negotiation with the local administration officials.
The officials assured the protestors it would conduct an inquiry into the matter within the next two days.
Earlier, protestors had blocked the highway, saying that the police raided the area based on false information and killed a student Izharullah.
The relatives of the deceased said a proper investigation into the shooting incident should be conducted.
The protest came to an end after the authorities assured them they would complete an inquiry into the incident in the next two days.