PESHAWAR: At least six security officials were killed and three others were injured when an army contingent came under attack on Kohat Road, near Sara Khwara on Wednesday night.
The army contingent was patrolling in three vehicles on Kohat Road as per routine when militants ambushed their vehicles with rocket propelled grenades. The attacks destroyed two vehicles. Four soldiers were injured in one of the vehicles.
Despite the damages and injuries, the driver was able to reach a nearby police post. The injured soldiers were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where one of the injured succumbed to his injuries.
Responding the attack, a police contingent was dispatched to the attack site where they engaged the militants in an hour long gun battle.
Officials said that when they reached the ambush spot, they found the bodies of five soldiers lying near the burning vehicles.
Talking to The Express Tribune an official of the security forces confirmed that as many as six military personnel had been killed in the attack while two injured soldiers had been shifted to the CMH for treatment.
“I can confirm six dead and three injured as we shifted all the injured and dead in our vehicles,” said an official of the Mattani police station.
Following the attack, police and army launched a search operation in the area, however militants were able to escape under the cover of darkness.
This is the second deadly attack of its kind in the past two month on Army and police in the same area.