Four suspects, constable killed in two ‘encounters’
LAHORE, June 25: Four suspected robbers and a police constable were killed in two shootouts in the areas of Ichhra and Factory Area on Monday.
Ichhra police said that two gunmen held the family of Zeeshan Malik who were passengers on a car on Pir Ghazi Road at 3:15am and looted jewellery from them.
Four Mohafiz Force officials, riding two bikes, saw the robbery and challenged the suspects.
The suspects opened fire at policemen which was returned.
The crossfire left a robber fatally injured. One of the constables also suffered a bullet injury in the head. The other suspect fled after leaving the bike behind.
The injured were rushed to a hospital where both of them succumbed to their head wounds. The dead were identified as Khurram Shahzad and Constable Ali.
Model Town SP Operation Athar Waheed said Khurram was included in the Top 20 list of most wanted criminals. He said Khurram was released from a jail two months ago.
In another robbery, Factory Area police said, three robbers, riding a bike, looted cash, cell phone, watch and a ring from Amjad on Ghazi Road around 3:30am and fled. The victim alerted Rescue 15 police about the incident. The patrolling police spotted the motorcyclists near Punjab Society. The suspects opened fire on police and broke windscreen of police vehicle.
Police claimed it returned fire and killed one of the suspects while the others tried to escape but were killed by police fire.
They were later identified as Naseer Ahmad of Sahiwal and Ali Sher and Muhammad Ali, alias Mani, of Pakpattan.
Cantonment SP Operation Maroof Safdar Wahla said the suspects were wanted in a dacoity-led murder case of Naseerabad and had committed several robberies in Lahore.
He said the bike the suspects used was snatched from a citizen on Walton Road few days ago, adding police seized weapons and looted items on them.