PESHAWAR – At least eight paramilitary soldiers were killed in a gunfight with militants in one of the tribal areas on Friday, while a policeman died when a hidden bomb exploded in a city centre.
The gunfight – which also left five militants dead – occurred near Peshawar. The paramilitaries, who served with the Frontier Corps (FC), came under fire by militants in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal district around 1:00am local time, a senior security official told AFP.
“A team of FC was moving to counter the militants on a tip off but they became under fire beforehand. At least eight security persons and five militants were killed in an exchange of fire," the official said.
The official added that a paramilitary soldier was also wounded in the gunfight, which took place in the village of Ghundai. Another official said that three militants were also arrested after the gun battle while around a dozen escaped from the scene.
"A curfew was imposed in the area and a door-to-door search is underway," he said. The bomb attack that left the policeman dead and three others wounded took place in the Yakatoot area of the Peshawar city.
"The bomb exploded near a police van in Yakatoot neighbourhood at around 4am, killing a policeman and injuring three others,” a senior police official, told AFP. "It was apparently a timed bomb containing around two kilogrammes of explosives," he said.