PESHAWAR: In what appears to be Taliban-linked violence, four people, including two policemen and a levies man, were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar and Torghar districts, officials said.
The attacks by Taliban also targeted a pro-government peace force leader near Peshawar when a suicide bomber was sent to take out the force’s leader. “A police inspector was shot dead in Peshawar while another cop and levies person were killed in an attack on a police van in Torghar District on Thursday,” according to the police. The attacks came as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dashed to Peshawar for review of security issues and to support internally displaced people emerging out of military operation in North Waziristan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak called these attacks as “minor terror incidents in certain areas of the province”. However, he regretted the loss of precious human lives in these incidents. “The motive behind them was weakening of our internal security and giving a feeling of insecurity to the masses,” a communiqué from his office quoted him as saying in reaction to the attacks on police. The attack on the police van took place in the jurisdiction of Police Station Darbani. Two cops were injured in it and one of them is believed to be in a “critical condition”.
In the suicide attack on a guest-house of anti-Taliban force leader in Adeezai area of Matani village on the outskirts of Peshawar, the bomber failed to target the leader when he was intercepted. He blew himself up leaving one volunteer dead and three injured. CM Khattak said the police force of KP will maintain its “golden traditions” and will ensure the protection of lives, properties and honour of the citizens. While paying homage to the slain police officials and civilians, he prayed for their eternal peace and early recovery of the injured.
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