PESHAWAR, Pakistan (NWN) – Pakistani counterterrorism forces say they killed three Islamic State militants in a raid on a hideout near the country’s border with Afghanistan.
The shootout was the latest episode of violence in Pakistan involving extremist groups that appear to be encouraged by the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The dawn raid was carried out in Peshawar, the capital of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Javed Khan, an officer in the provincial counterterrorism department. The branch is a special police unit that fights local and foreign militant groups.
Khan said the killed militants were Afghans and that the raid had prevented a possible terrorist attack. According to him, two other militants escaped.
Pakistan has witnessed many terrorist attacks in recent years, most of which have been perpetrated by the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State. Both organizations were encouraged by the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where Pakistani militants are believed to still be hiding.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi was in Kabul with a delegation on Thursday for talks on a range of issues, the Foreign Ministry said before the raid was released. It was unclear if this issue would come up for discussion.