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Police Targeted in Hangu

by Aamir Iqbal
File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

File Photo. Asif Hassan—AFP

At least four, including three policemen, killed in attack on security vehicle.

An attack on a security forces vehicle in the Hangu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday morning left four, including three policemen, dead.

Anwar Saeed Kundi, the chief of police in Hangu, said the attackers had pulled up to the checkpost in a car and opened fire on a police vehicle parked near it. “Three of the policemen—Said Omar, Haji Zaman and Shehzad—and a civilian were killed on the spot,” he said. “The policemen were all sitting in the van at the time of attack, while the civilian was passing by on foot.”

Kundi said the attack occurred early in the morning, allowing the militants to escape before an alarm could be raised. “A search operation has been launched and we hope to arrest the attackers soon,” he added. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Pakistani Taliban often target security officials in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. At least eight policemen have been killed in various attacks in the past week alone.

Editor’s Note: An initial version of this report attributed the attack on the Jamaat ul Ahrar. This was incorrect and the group has not claimed any responsibility for this assault. We regret the error and apologize for any inconvenience it might have caused.

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