Terrorists using sniper guns with night vision goggles to target cops in KP

Javed Aziz Khan
A file photo of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police. — APP/File
A file photo of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police. — APP/File

  • "We are equipping police with cutting-edge technology," says IG KP.
  • At least 116 cops have been martyred in terrorist attacks in 2022.
  • Hand grenades being used in attacks on police in different KP districts.

PESHAWAR: Terrorists have been using the latest sniper guns with night vision thermal goggles to target policemen across the different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the last few weeks, a source told The News on Monday.

Close to 116 policemen have been martyred in different kinds of attacks while over 110 others were injured in the province during the current year.

The latest attack was carried out on a far-flung police station in Lakki Marwat in which four policemen were martyred and as many were injured. Apart from automatic weapons, hand grenades have been used in attacks on police in different districts for the last many months.

“For quite some time the militants have been targeting police in their posts and police stations with night vision thermal guns. The attackers are using the latest weapons,” an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The News

The source said the snipers have the capability to detect and target cops in their posts from a longer range.

Senior police officials said they were taking precautionary measures to protect the cops and go aggressively after the attackers.

“We are equipping our police with all possible cutting edge technology. Besides, the posts are being further strengthened with ammunition and manpower and that is why many attacks were bravely repulsed by the cops,” said Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari.

According to the record of the Central Police Office, as many as 170 terrorists have been killed and 784 arrested, so far, in 2022. As many as 90 of the arrested terrorists were those who were carrying head money. The officials said they have taken measures to deploy more policemen and provide more ammunition to the posts in remote areas.

“We are inspecting our posts and police stations regularly to take measures for the protection of the cops and the buildings so they can better repulse the attacks on the people and improve law and order,” said District Police Officer Tank Waqar Ahmad.

The law and order situation has taken an ugly turn in the province for the last many weeks with an uptick in attacks on police, and threats to high-profile individuals and politicians.

An official said police have been put on alert across the province after accelerated attacks on the force in different districts during the last few weeks. The officers concerned have been tasked with strengthening all the posts in their area that are vulnerable.

They were also directed to make sure all the cops wear bulletproof jackets and remain alert while performing their duty as well as coming to the office and going back home. The police force has been under attack in southern districts, Peshawar, and Mardan region for the last many months now.

As per the official figures, 118 terrorist incidents were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from mid-August till the last week of November. In these attacks 26 policemen, 12 personnel of other law enforcement agencies, and 17 civilians were martyred. 

The attacks further accelerated since the start of December.