Police kill four insurgents in shootout in Pakistan: Official

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police said counter-terrorism officers have killed four insurgents, including two women, in a shootout on a highway in eastern Punjab province.

Senior officer Rai Tahir said insurgents travelling in a car opened fire when police stopped them near the city of Sahiwal yesterday. He said the highway action was based on intelligence gleaned from a previous operation. No officer was hurt in the shootout.

Tahir said three suspects escaped on a motorcycle and were being pursued by police.

Tahir said that insurgents often use women and children as shields to avoid checking during travel. Police found two unhurt minor girls and one injured minor boy who told a local television reporter the family was going to attend a wedding.