Unidentified gunmen killed five police officers on patrol in the town of Badaber late Monday, police said. A civilian driving a passing car was also killed, with two policemen and another civilian left wounded in the attack in Badaber, a flashpoint for violence in Peshawar district.
“[An] unknown number of attackers ambushed the police patrol, five policemen and a driver of a private vehicle have been killed,” said senior police official Najeeb Ur Rehman. “When policemen tried to move to a safer place another group of attackers opened fire from that side,” Rehman said, adding the attackers then fled the scene.
Mohammad Ijaz Khan, police chief for Peshawar, confirmed the incident, which took place close to the semi-autonomous tribal belt where Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked groups are active.
The incident took place days after Pakistani Taliban refused to extend a ceasefire that began on March 1 to help a long-stalled peace process, complaining of a lack of movement from the government side.