Gunmen kill Pakistani intelligence officer, IS claim attack
TWO gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead an intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan yesterday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
Akbar Ali, an intelligence subinspector, was on his way to work and waiting at a bus stop near his home in Charsadda district when the gunmen opened fire, Suhail Khalid, district police chief, said.
“Akbar Ali was hit by four bullets from the front and was killed on the spot,” he said, adding that the attackers used a 9mm pistol.
The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State group in a short statement posted on Amaq, its affiliated news agency.
Pakistan’s military last month admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had detained hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks.
The army spokesperson said its forces had foiled planned attacks by IS on embassies and Islamabad’s airport, but denied the group was behind an August attack on a hospital that killed 73, as claimed. –