Pakistani security forces on Monday rescued seven police officers who were kidnapped by gunmen on a checkpoint in the northwestern province of Punjab, and killed 11 in air strikes, said Pakistani officials.
The seven policemen had been kidnapped after dozens of gunmen from criminal gangs attacked on a security checkpoint, some 600 kilometres northeast of Karachi on Sunday.
Pakistani police chief Sohail Zafar Chatta said the seven kidnapped policemen were successfully rescued in the operation which backed by the air strikes, killing 11 criminal gunmen when gunship helicopters were called in to criminal hideout targets.
The police chief Chatta also said gunmen had demanded the release of seven criminals in Pakistani jails in exchange of the seven kidnapped policemen.
Pakistani army has increased its efforts to cope with the militant insurgency since the last year’s school attack in Peshawar. The ongoing operations have left behind nearly 2600 militants dead, whereas 100 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by the militants.