Pakistan Taliban kill two police in ambush

Suspected militants are behind the shooting of two police officers in Peshawar

Pakistan Taliban kill two police in ambush

World Bulletin/News Desk

Suspected Taliban fighters have gunned down two policemen in Peshawar, the capital of the northwestern Pakistani province that borders Afghanistan.

In an escalation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the officers were ambushed in an upmarket district of Peshawar as they carried out a routine patrol on Sunday, Mohammad Faisal, a city police chief said.

It was the second attack on police in Peshawar in three days and is viewed as a reaction to ongoing military operations in North Waziristan, where the military are trying to eradicate the powerful Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group of insurgents in Pakistan.

Four police officers were killed on Friday.

The army launched its Waziristan offensive on June 15 and is facing resistance in some areas from militants. Meanwhile, the police are being targeted in other parts of the country, a move seen as an attempt to engage the security forces on different fronts.

The army claims it has killed more than 470 militants in North Waziristan since June 15, while 39 soldiers have been killed in landmine blasts and clashes during this period.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2014, 17:51

Muhammed Öylek