Po­lice of­fi­cer mar­tyred, two ter­ror­ists killed

Pakistan Observer - - FRONT PAGE - TARIQ SAEED

PE­SHAWAR— Bloody clashes be­tween the Po­lice force and the al­leged sui­cide bombers in Mar­dan on Satur­day re­sulted in mar­tyr­dom of an ad­di­tional Sta­tion House Of­fi­cer and killing of two ter­ror­ists. Be­sides, three civil­ians sus­tained in­juries as one of the bombers blew him­self up be­fore he could be over­pow­ered.

Re­ports reach­ing here said a po­lice party on a rou­tine pa­trolling in­ter­cepted two per­sons rid­ing a mo­tor­bike in Kat­lang bazaar, some 35 kilo­me­ters away from

Mar­dan but they re­sorted to fir­ing on the Po­lice party and hurled grenade on the law en­forcers that led to the killing of Ad­di­tional SHO Khushdil Khan. Be­sides three civil­ians were also wounded se­ri­ously. As the ter­ror­ists fled from the scene the po­lice part chased the trou­ble mak­ers and gunned down one of them while the other det­o­nated the ex­plo­sive jacket he was wear­ing to es­cape ar­rest. “Two as­sailants rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle tar­geted a group of po­lice­men out­side of the po- lice sta­tion in Kat­lang bazaar. As a re­sult of the grenade at­tack, Ad­di­tional SHO Khush Dil died on the spot, while three oth­ers were wounded. The at­tack­ers tried to flee the scene but were chased by a po­lice­man and in the re­tal­ia­tory fire, the po­lice gunned down one at­tacker, while the other one wear­ing a con­cealed ex­plo­sives vest, blew him­self to avoid ar­rest”. The Po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral (DIG) Mar­dan, Jaf­far Khan while con­firm­ing the sui­cide at­tack said the han­dler of the sui­cide bomber was also killed in a po­lice en­counter af­ter the blast adding three peo­ple in­clud­ing the SHO, a shop­keeper and a passerby was in­jured in the at­tack. Po­lice cor­doned off the area and res­cue teams rushed to the site of the ex­plo­sion and shifted the dead bod­ies and the in­jured to hospi­tal. The un­known ter­ror­ists, a few days back, had gunned down two po­lice men at a picket in Mar­dan fol­low­ing which the se­cu­rity was beefed up in the city.

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