BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A terrorist hiding in a house opened indiscriminate fire on a police team, injuring seven of them in Tangir valley of Gilgit – Baltistan.
The terrorist Azizur Rahman however was able to escape breaking the cordon late Sunday, a security official said on Monday.
The incident came almost two weeks after armed men in the Darel, the adjacent valley, abducted two officials of special communication organization [SCO] to bargain release of four of the men arrested in connection with killing of 10 foreigners at Nanga Parbat two years back. The officials haven’t been recovered as yet though police and other forces have launched a massive manhunt in the whole district.
“The policemen had laid siege to the house to arrest Rahman when the shooting took place,” the official said on the condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak to media officially.
“The terrorist was a proclaimed offender and wanted to police in many cases,” said the official without explaining which cases the terrorist was involved but said the cases were of ‘serious nature’.
According to sources, the house where the terrorist was hiding, was situated in Pathan village of Tangir valley and belonged to a local resident identified as Asil Khan.
“The police acted on a tip off provided by intelligence agencies,” said another official, adding the terrorist realizing that he was under the siege retaliated with indiscriminate firing and succeeded in fleeing taking benefit from the dark.
The injured policemen were shifted to district headquarter hospital in Chilas where doctors were attempting to save their lives. Condition of five wounded men was reportedly serious.
The injured policemen have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspector Muhammad Aslam and Sher Jehan, foot constables including Shair Ahmed, Altaf, Emran, Saidur Rahman and Azizur Rahman.
The management of Karakoram International University on Monday announced the varsity will be closed for an indefinite period.
The decision came days after students attacked a professor over disagreement in arranging a religious event at the campus.