Two policemen martyred in Charsadda terror attack

In latest attack on law enforcers, terrorists "open fire" at policemen at a checkpost in Dheri Zardad

Sabz Ali Tareen
Police personnel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stand guard near a barricade on a road. — Reuters/File
Police personnel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stand guard near a barricade on a road. — Reuters/File

  • Incident takes place in Dheri Zardad.
  • Terrorists target a police checkpost.
  • One policeman under treatment.

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 on Nowshera Road in Dheri Zardad, Charsadda District Police Officer Sohail Khalid told Geo News.

The attack left three policemen injured, who were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital. However, two policemen succumbed to their injuries while one was under treatment, the police said.

According to police, the terrorists escaped the site of the attack following a retaliatory fire during which one of them was also injured, search for whom is currently underway.

Following the attack, a heavy police contingent reached the site and began the search operation on a large scale, the police said.

Martyred policemen include constables Imran and Rameez, while the third law enforcer Yousuf Ali was shifted to Peshawar due to critical injuries.

The Dheri Zardad attack 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.