Two policemen martyred in Charsadda terror attack


CHARSADDA: Two police personnel have been martyred in a terrorist attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, police confirmed Saturday.

In the latest attack on law enforcers, the terrorists opened fire at a police checkpost in Dheri Zardad, Charsadda District Police Officer Sohail Khalid told Geo News.

The attack left three policemen injured, who were shifted to a nearby hospital. However, two policemen succumbed to their injuries while one is under treatment at the hospital, the police said.

The Dheri Zardad comes as Pakistan fights rising terror attacks — especially by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and from across the Afghan border.

According to reports, the TTP regrouped in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover, with Pakistan repeatedly asking the interim government in the neighbouring country to ensure that its soil isn’t used for terrorism. But the Taliban-led government has not been able to live up to the expectations.

The activities of militants have been mainly focused in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with the former accounting for 31% of the attacks during the last year and the latter 67%, according to statistics provided by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.

The attack came two days after at least three policemen were martyred in a terrorist attack on a police check-post in KP’s Khyber Agency.

The area’s police said terrorists opened fire on the check-post in Tekhta Beg and used explosive material in the attack, after which the police station caught fire.

Talking to journalists, Jamrud SHO Shah Khalid termed the storm on the police check-post a suicide attack. “The suicide bomber entered the check-post and blew himself up.”

Two policemen — Manzoor Shah and Younis Khan — were martyred in the attack, while a cook in the check-post, identified as Rafiq, was shifted to the Peshawar hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.