QUETTA/HYDERABAD: At least six on-duty policemen were shot dead in three separate incidents taking place near Quetta and in Hyderabad on Monday.
In the first incident, unidentified persons killed two policemen in Kuchlak. According to police, Syed Noor and Inayatullah were deployed in the Main Bazaar of Kuchlak where assailants opened fire on them, killing the policemen on the spot.
According to Sadar SP Mehmood Notezai, four assailants had snatched weapons from the personnel and walked away after killing them. The bodies were shifted to a local hospital. In a separate incident, unidentified persons gunned down a policeman, Muhammad Ashraf, deployed at a bus station. A search operation has been launched in the adjoining areas to nab the assassins.
In the third incident, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police mobile in Hyderabad, killing three policemen and injuring another.
According to PTV, some bikers opened fire on a police van in Latifabad when the policemen – Ishtiaq, Rashid and Maqsood – were snap checking after cordoning off the area.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took notice of the tragic incident, ordering immediate arrest of the murderers. He demanded an inquiry report and ordered extra patrolling in the area, besides stressing the need for uncovering the terrorist network behind such incidents. Shah said that the sacrifice of the security forces personnel would not go in vain.
Meanwhile, the funeral prayers of the three police officers were offered at the Police Headquarters in Hyderabad in the presence of Deputy Inspector General Sanaullah Abbasi, SSP Pir Farid Jan Sarhandi, police officers and families of the victims.
SSP Sarhandi said that 12 cops had been targeted in Hyderabad during the past six months. “The investigation into the incident is underway and the culprits will be arrested soon,” Sarhandi added.
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