4 Peshawar policemen killed in ambush
PESHAWAR: Four policemen were killed and a Station House Officer (SHO) was injured in an ambush within the Mattani Police Station precincts in Peshawar late on Sunday night. “[Unidentified] militants hid near a gas station and opened fire on the police van. It was a surprise attack — the police party could not even retaliate because the hail of bullets was so sudden,” Rural SP Nasirul Mulk told AFP.
Police official Riaz told Daily Times that around 20 militants opened fire on a police mobile unit on a routine patrol near the Mattani bypass at around 12.45am. He said that the militants also set fire to the vehicle and stole the policemen’s weapons.
The four dead policemen have been identified as Shah Badshah, Qadir Gul, Muhammad Arif and Himayatullah. Criminals Mulk said that local criminals were behind the attack, adding that they had disguised themselves as local Taliban. An official at Mattani Police Station, on condition of anonymity, said that the Taliban had actually helped the police conduct a search for the attackers. A team has been formed to investigate the incident.
Mattani lies along Darra Adam Khel and local Taliban have been active in the area. A police official at Mattani told Daily Times that Taliban were in the area, adding that the police had not been given any orders on how to deal with the militants. Also late on Sunday, four children were killed in an explosion in Chitral. Police said they were investigating the cause of the blast.