Pakistani troops kill eight insurgents in Karachi shootout

| Updated: October 25, 2017 02:58:46

Pakistani paramilitary troops - Rangers (AP file photo) Pakistani paramilitary troops - Rangers (AP file photo)

Troops in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi killed eight militants during a successful overnight operation, officials said Sunday.

Paramilitary troops Rangers and the counter terrorism department of police conducted a joint operation in

Baldia Town area of the city by acting on an intelligence tip-off, Rangers spokesperson said.

The law enforcement agencies sealed the area where is suspected of having terrorists' hideouts, and asked the militants to surrender. But the insurgents opened fire at them after being cornered.

Three security personnel were injured during the firing, after which the law enforcers retaliated and killed five militants.

Three other insurgents were injured during the exchange of firing and were shifted to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to injures.

Meanwhile, the injured troops are said to be in a stable condition at hospital.

Identities of the killed militants have not been revealed yet.

The spokesperson said that some of the militants' accomplices fled the scene during the operation by taking advantage of the darkness of the night.

A huge cache of arms were recovered from the hideout which was later sealed by the police for investigations.

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