Two highwaymen were killed while three others escaped from the site in an encounter with Manawala police, said DPO Sarfraz Virk.

According to the district police officer, five highway robbers after setting up a picket on Lager Road were looting commuters. The police on a tip-off reached the spot. The outlaws after seeing the law enforcers opened fire. In retaliation, the two robbers were killed and they were later identified as Ilyas alias ilyasa and Sohail. Their three accomplices escaped from the site, the DPO said. The concerned police have been directed to arrest the fleeing culprits shortly, the DPO said. Sophisticated weapon were also recovered from the custody of fugitives, he added. The dead suspects and absconders were involved in more 30 heinous crimes and wanted by the Faisalabad, Khanqah Dorgan and other police stations, he said.