A fierce gun battle broke out between Pakistani security personnel and militants holed up in a house on the outskirts of Peshawar leaving six people, including a policeman, dead on Sunday, hours after an abortive bid by Taliban to storm an air force base in the city claimed nine lives.
Apart from the policeman, five militants were killed in the clash which took place in Pawaka, a suburb of Peshawar. Three of the militants were gunned down by police and army troops while two others blew themselves up after they were surrounded by soldiers, the military's media arm said.
Two more policemen were injured in the clash. The dead militants were part of a group of Taliban suicide attackers who tried to attack the Peshawar airbase last night.
Residents of Pawaka, located a short distance from the airport, said five militants took shelter in a house being built in the area at about 7.30 am. The armed men demanded that they should be given a car. They also warned people not to alert the police, local residents told the media.
Police and army troops reached the spot a few hours later after they were alerted by local residents. Security forces sealed off the area and conducted a search and clearance operation to flush out the militants.
Three militants were gunned down in the alleys of Pawaka while the other two detonated their explosive vests after security forces surrounded the compound where they were hiding.