70 suspects held in Peshawar search operation
PESHAWAR: After an increase target killings in the provincial capital, more than 70 suspects were arrested during a much-needed search operation in Rashid Garhi, Yakatoot, Wazir Bagh and other nearby localities on Monday.
The Superintendent of Police (SP) City, Mustafa Tanveer, said those arrested from the area included Afghan nationals living in Pakistan without any documents. The police also raided a public call office, which was suspected to be selling illegal Afghan SIMs. The police said a few proclaimed offenders were also arrested during the search operation and weapons as well as drugs were recovered from them.
A search operation was also conducted in Kaga Wala in the limits of the Badaber Police Station after a police constable, Afrasiab, was killed in an attack by the militants on the vehicle of a station house officer. The police said some suspects were rounded up during the action and were being interrogated.
On Sunday, policeman was killed when the car of the SHO was attacked in Kaga Wala. Also, the prayer leader of a mosque of Frontier Constabulary, Javed Khan, was killed while riding a motorbike in Nasir Bagh. Militants have started targeting security officials for the last few days in different parts of rural Peshawar and suburban localities.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nasir Khan Durrani on Monday said terrorists were carrying out attacks on the police in Mattani and Badaber areas from time to time. He directed the SP Rural Peshawar to enhance their vigilance on the Frontier Road and its adjoining area and flush out the miscreants by launching raids on their dens.