A grenade attacked killed two policemen and wounded another in Charsadda on Tuesday, police said.
The incident happened in the Shabqadar area of the district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
“Two men riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade on a police vehicle patrolling the area, killing two policeman and wounding another one,” said district police chief Shafiullah Khan. He said one of the policemen died on the spot and the second in hospital. Another local police official Asghar Khan also confirmed the incident.
Spokesman of the Jamaat ul Ahrar faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued to local media in Peshawar.
Pakistan has been battling Islamist groups in the northwest and its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its Army entered the tribal region to search for Al Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. In June the Army began a major offensive, Operation Zarb-e-Azb, against militant hideouts in North Waziristan, a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.