Karachi: At least 13 people, including seven militants and four policemen, were killed today in separate incidents of violence in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Quetta.
Seven militants belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan were gunned down by police in Sohrab Goth area on the outskirts of Karachi.
The militants were killed during a shootout when police raided the Gadap area of Sohrab Goth in the morning, senior superintendent of police in Malir district, Rao Anwar, told reporters.
"One of those killed is a commander of the al-Qaeda and we also arrested two injured militants," Anwar said.
Around 500 policemen took part in the search operation conducted on a intelligence tip-off.
In an apparent retaliation, four policemen were killed in different target killings in the city later in the day.
Two policemen were killed in North Nazimabad while two policemen were shot dead in Sohrab Goth.
In Quetta, the capital city of the restive, Balochistan province, two people were killed and four others injured in a shooting incident and a blast.
The explosion took place at the Bacha Khan Chowk area of the city.
Police said miscreants planted explosives on a motorcycle which were then detonated by remote control, leaving around four people, including two children, injured.
In another incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a house and killed two persons in Khilji Colony area of Quetta.
Police officials said that the assailants sped away on their motorcycles after the incident.