Four policemen killed as militants attack check post in Pak
Militants blew up an explosive- laden vehicle near a police check post, killing four policemen and injuring 10 others, including two children, on the outskirts of this city in northwest Pakistan Wednesday.
Peshawar: Militants blew up an explosive-
laden vehicle near a police check post, killing four policemen
and injuring 10 others, including two children, on the
outskirts of this city in northwest Pakistan Wednesday.
Peshawar police chief Liaqat Ali Khan said the militants
wanted to enter the city to carry out an attack but detonated
the explosives in their car when they were stopped at the
"When the car was stopped and the attackers saw they
could not enter the city, they blew themselves up," Khan told
Four policemen were killed by the blast, which destroyed
the check post, he said.
Other officials said 10 people, including seven policemen
and two children, were injured.
Nearby buildings were damaged by the blast, which created
a large crater.
Security forces cordoned off the site as rescue workers
rushed bodies and the injured to hospital.
Police chief Khan said the attack was carried out in
retaliation for anti-militancy operations underway in the
tribal areas, especially the restive Orakzai Agency.
"This is a repercussion of the operations being conducted
in Orakzai Agency. The fleeing militants hide (among the
population) and then strike," he said.
Some militants are hiding among the Internally Displaced
Persons, or people made homeless by the military operations in
the tribal belt, Khan said.
Police are conducting search operations to trace and
arrest these militants, he said.