PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Local officials say four suspected militants have been killed in a gunbattle with police forces in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Police official Haji Muhammad told RFE/RL that the hourlong shoot-out took place in the Swabi district on February 1.
Police came under attack, he said, while conducting a search operation for suspected militants in the area.
He said police seized "three pistols, 30 explosives, and other weapons from the attackers."
Militants have launched a string of deadly attacks on police, and polio-immunization teams in Swabi in recent months.
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for those attacks.
The latest incident comes three days after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed a four-member committee for peace talks with the Taliban.