An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police was martyred and a constable sustained serious injuries when unidentified miscreants attacked a police vehicle on Indus Highway in Lakki Marwat District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) last night.
District Police Officer (DPO) Imran Khan said that five assailants had planned to attack a police check post on Indus Highway but they encountered a police vehicle patrolling the area before reaching their real target.
“They exchanged fire in which ASI Muhammad Shah Khan was killed and police constable Anwarullah was seriously injured,” he said, adding that soon after the attack police reached the spot and conducted a search operation.
“The attackers were chased and in the ensuing gun battle two miscreants were also killed. Two motorcycles, two AK-47s and one 9mm pistol have been recovered from their possession,” he said, adding that the three other attackers managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness.
Local residents told The Express Tribune that both the slain terrorists were actually proclaimed offenders (PO) who were present in the area and they tried to escape during the search operation but were gunned down while the real terrorists managed to escape making full use of the false man hunt created by the presence of POs in the area.
In the past three months, this is the fourth attack on police. In the first attack, a police constable Falak Naz was killed while manning a post inside the city. Next week a policeman was targeted in Manjiwala. Last week, a police official Shafqat Khan was injured along with his gunman who was the in-charge of Quick Response Force (QRF)
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2021.