Two soldiers and at least 4 policemen were martyred in two separate attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the military’s media affairs wing on Wednesday, two soldiers died in an exchange of fire with terrorists trying to cross the Pak-Afghan border into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kurram district.
As per the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists from Afghanistan attempted to cross into Pakistan during the night between October 26 and October 27. The statement issued said, “Troops initiated a prompt response and thwarted the attempted illegal crossing by engaging the terrorists.”
The statement added that 24-year-old Lance Naik Asad, a resident of Kurram, and 21-year-old Sepoy Asif, a resident of Lakki Marwat, embraced martyrdom in the attack.
ISPR said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that [the] interim Afghan government will not allow such activities against Pakistan in [the] future”.
It stressed that the Pakistan Army has resolved to safeguard the country’s borders against the menace of terrorism, and “such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve.”
During the previous week, two soldiers were martyred with two others injured in another terrorist attack in the North Waziristan tribal district.
As per officials, clashes between security forces and terrorists had broken out near Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, resulting in one terrorist’s death.
In another incident, at least four policemen were killed by unidentified assailants as they sprayed the police vehicle with bullets in Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday night, as per the police.
Police officials said that the cops were patrolling in a van near a local hotel, situated around 6km off Lakki City when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at the van. The four cops died on the spot. Their bodies were later shifted to a hospital nearby.
District Police Officer (DPO) Shahzada Umar Abbas Babar said that law enforcement agencies were searching for the suspects, who had managed to escape the scene after the attack.
The DPO said the police had collected evidence from the crime scene, while further investigation was being carried out.
A day before, two people, including a policeman, were killed in separate incidents in Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts.
Unidentified motorcyclists killed a police constable, Ihsanullah, in the Mandan area of Bannu. The DPO said the slain policeman was a detective foot constable who had been posted to the cantonment police station. The martyred cop had been laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Bannu.
In another incident, a man allegedly shot his brother dead over an irrigation water dispute in Kotka Aamand area of Serai Gambila town of Lakki Marwat. The local police have filed a case against the killer.