No group claims responsibility for attack that also leaves cop’s son injured.
An anti-terror police officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike in Peshawar on Saturday, police said.
Riaz Ul Islam was walking with his son to a mosque near his home when he was shot, said Mohammad Sajjad Khan, a senior police official. “Riaz Ul Islam was taken to hospital but he succumbed to his injuries before reaching there,” Khan said, adding that Islam’s son was wounded in the attack.
Islam was a deputy superintendent of police in the city’s Counter Terrorism Department, Khan said.
Zulfiqar Ali Babakhel, spokesman for Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, said doctors were working to save the son’s life.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Pakistan has been battling an Islamist insurgency since shortly after it decided to ally with the U.S. following its invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Violence has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives in the northwest border areas as well as concerted efforts to block the militants’ sources of funding. But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks, particularly in the northwest.