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Customs Officials Shot Dead in Kohat

by AFP
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

Gunmen targeted the five-member team during an overnight patrol.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead five customs officials patrolling overnight in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities said on Wednesday.

The gunmen attacked the duty officers at around midnight in Kohat city. “Three gunmen fired at the customs team indiscriminately. Four officials died on the spot and another succumbed to his injuries in hospital later,” said Sohaib Ashraf, district police chief in Kohat. “We are unaware of the identity of the attackers but it’s an act of terrorism,” he said.

Another police official in the area, Iqbal Mohmand said the attackers escaped on foot under cover of darkness. A customs department official also confirmed the incident.

“It was a terrorist attack on our team. All five members of the team were killed in this attack. They hailed from local areas of Kohat and Karak districts,” he said.

Uniformed government officials, including polio vaccination workers, are often targeted by Islamist militants who want to overthrow the government. Customs officials, meanwhile, sometimes come under attack by criminal gangs.

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