Under attack: Two cops shot dead in Lakki Marwat

Followed a series of similar killings in district, provincial capital, Swat


Our Correspondent April 11, 2016
PHOTO: REUTERS

LAKKI MARWAT: At least two policemen were shot dead within the jurisdiction of Sarai Naurang police station in Lakki Marwat on Monday.

An official of Sarai Naurang police told The Express Tribune, district security branch policeman Tariq Usman and special branch policeman Mashal Khan were travelling on motorbike to Begu Khel  when unidentified armed men and opened fire on them. Both Tariq and Mashal died on the spot.

The assailants managed to flee the site after committing the crime. The remains of both cops were shifted to the hospital.

“Tariq belonged to Muhammad Ghazai Khel village while Mashal hails from Ghandi Khan Khel in Lakki Marwat,” the official said. “A search operation was carried out after the incident. Initial reports have revealed the suspects have been arrested.”

The district security branch falls under the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police department. Personnel who work under the branch are never seen wearing a uniform and often perform their duties in plain clothes.

Targeted

A large number of policemen have fallen victim to targeted attacks across the province.

A police official was gunned down in Lakki Marwat on April 6. He was the second police official to be shot in the district in that time period. According to police, Khurshid Afzal was on his way to his Gorka Dilasa Shah village when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at him. He died on the spot.

On March 15, Sarai Naurang DSP Kifayat was found dead in his apartment. Although it is believed he committed suicide, the police are still investigating the matter.

Since January, police officials have repeatedly come under attack in Peshawar. Most recently, a policeman was killed while two others – a civilian and a police official – were injured in a roadside blast in Badhu Samar Bagh in Peshawar on April 8.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th,  2016.

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