An officer and two constables were martyred as terrorists attacked a police station on the outskirts of Peshawar late Friday night, reportedly using night vision devices and sniper rifles.
DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police) Sardar Hussain and his two police guards – Irshad and Jehanzeb – lost their lives in an exchange fire in the Badhber area as they chased the terrorists.
It is the martyred police officer along with two guards reached the spot soon after hearing about the attack and tried to encircle the terrorists but lost their lives during an exchange of fire.
According to Peshawar SSP (Operations) Kashif Abbasi, the terrorists attacked the Sarband Police Station around midnight. Sarband is located near the Bara area of Khyber tribal district.
“It was coordinated from multiple directions and the [terrorists] used multiple weapons. They lobbed hand grenades and resorted to sniper shots and automatic guns,” he said and added that they successfully repelled the attack, as the gunmen took advantage of the darkness and fled.
Police said a search operation was launched in Sarband and nearby areas following the attack. It resumed on Saturday morning. No arrest was made so far while Abbasi said the gunmen had come from the Khyber Tribal district bordering Afghanistan.
On Saturday, the funeral of the martyred police officials was held in Peshawar that was attended by senior police and military officials.
Meanwhile, the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack as it has stepped up attacks since the group called off the ceasefire in November which was agreed with the government in June and ordered its militants to stage attacks across the country.