Four policemen killed and another four injured in separate incidents in Karachi and Rawalpindi.
At least four policemen were killed on Monday in a spate of gun and grenade attacks in Rawalpindi and Karachi, officials said. Four officers were also wounded in the incidents.
In first incident in Karachi, two men hurled a grenade at a police van. “The police patrolling van caught fire as one policeman was killed soon after the attack and two others were wounded. The attackers fled from the scene on a motorbike,” said senior police official Faisal Bashir. Another police official said one of the wounded officers later died of his injuries.
In a separate attack in the same city, gunmen opened fire on two policemen. “One policeman was killed and another wounded in this incident,” the police official, who works in headquarters, said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.
Meanwhile in Rawalpindi, one police constable was killed and two others were wounded when they were shot at by unknown people. “Three policemen were on a routine duty in Sadiqabad area when some unknown gunmen opened fire at them. One constable has been killed while two others are injured,” said Raja Fayaz, a police spokesman.
Police in Pakistan are often targeted by militants, ethnic rebels and local criminals. Karachi, in particular, has been plagued by sectarian, ethnic and political violence for years.