Three policemen killed in Pakistan

No group claimed responsibility for the attack though such incidents are usually blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.

Updated: Aug 23, 2012, 13:00 PM IST

Islamabad: Armed assailants shot dead three policemen and injured several others when they ambushed a security van at Hangu in Pakistan`s restive northwest on Thursday, officials said.

The police van was on a routine patrol in Kotli area of Hangu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province when it was attacked at 9.30 am.

The attackers fired indiscriminately at the vehicle, killing three policemen instantly, the officials said.

Several injured policemen were taken to a nearby hospital.

Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search to trace the attackers.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack though such incidents are usually blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.

PTI