PESHAWAR: At least eight paramilitary Frontier Corps soldiers were killed in a gunfight with militants in Khyber Agency on Friday, while four policeman died when a hidden bomb exploded in a city centre.
The FC troops came under fire by militants in the Jamrud area of the Khyber tribal district around 1am Friday, 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.
More than a dozen heavily armed militants attacked the check-post in Gundi area in Jamrud Tehsil of Khyber tribal region, officials speaking on condition of anonymity confided to Daily Times. Meanwhile, at least five people were killed and two others wounded following two attacks in Peshawar that targeted police personnel, officials said. Three officers and a civilian were killed when gunmen opened fire on their van as they dined at a restaurant. “The policemen were breaking their fast at a local restaurant at Landi Akhun Ahmed neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city when unknown assailants opened indiscriminate firing on their van killing three policemen and a waiter of the restaurant on the spot,” senior police official Muhammad Faisal told AFP. Earlier in the morning, a police van was blown up with an improvised explosive device (IED) at the centre of the city killing one police official.
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