Three police and one attacker killed after gunmen open fire just minutes before iftar
A group of militants killed at least three policemen and wounded another during a shootout late Thursday in northwest Pakistan, officials said, with one assailant killed in the firefight.
The gunmen opened fire on the officers’ vehicle in Peshawar’s Chamkani area just minutes before the celebratory iftar meal that ends the day of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan. “At least three policemen embraced martyrdom when three attackers, hiding in the nearby… fields opened fire on the police,” said Furqan Bilal, a senior police official. He said police also killed one attacker while two others fled the scene.
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack but Bilal blamed local militants for the attack.
A second police official in Chamkani confirmed the incident and told AFP that a search operation has been launched in the area.
Violence across Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military offensives against insurgents along the country’s northwestern border. But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks, particularly in the northwest.