PESHAWAR: Two gunmen in Peshawar shot dead a policeman standing guard outside a Hindu temple on Sunday and fled the scene on a motorcycle, officials said.
The attack, which occurred in the downtown Jhanda Bazar area, was the latest target connected to Pakistan’s minorities who make up some two percent of the country’s population of 180 million.
“It appears to be a militant attack. The gunmen killed the lone policeman on duty outside the Hindu temple and then escaped,” Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, told AFP. Hindus are thought to number a few thousand in Peshawar.
In November last year, a policeman standing guard outside a Pentecostal church in Peshawar was also shot dead by unidentified gunmen. In September, devastating double suicide attacks at the historic All Saints church in the main city area of Peshawar left 82 people dead.
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