Conflicts & War

4 killed in Pakistan attack on police check post

Islamabad, Jan 10 (EFE).- A civilian and three policemen lost their lives after heavily armed militants opened fire at a police checkpost in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said.

The attack near a toll plaza in Kohat district is the latest in a wave of militant strikes that has killed 12 police officers this week in the volatile region of Pakistan.

“A group of terrorists attacked a police check post near Lachi Toll Plaza on the Indus Highway in the early hours of Wednesday, in which three policemen and one civilian were killed,” police spokesperson Fazal Naeem told EFE.

He said the militants were armed with automatic weapons and decamped with cash from the toll plaza.

The spokesperson said security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to hunt down the militants.

An improvised explosive device hit a police vehicle carrying over 25 security personnel to protect anti-polio workers in the Mamond area of Bajaur on Monday, killing seven personnel and injuring 20 others.

Two policemen lost their lives after an attack on a polio vaccination team by suspected militants in the Mita Khel area of Bannu district on Tuesday.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack, confirming that its two fighters died in the shootout.

Pakistan is grappling with an uptick in militancy-related incidents after the TTP, or Pakistani Taliban, ended its ceasefire with the government in November 2022.

According to an annual security report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies, Pakistan faced the highest number of violence-related deaths in six years, making 2023 the deadliest for security forces in almost a decade.

Over 500 security personnel were killed in nearly 300 militant attacks last year. The overall fatalities rose to 1,524 in 2023 from 980 in 2022.

According to the report, there was an alarming surge in violence in 2023, witnessing a 56 percent increase—a level of escalation unprecedented in the last decade. EFE

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