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The image shows the site of the attack. — Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday claimed responsibility of attacking a police check post set up on the main Peshawar-Kohat Road in the Matni area on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing seven FC and police personnel.

Superintendent of Police (Rural) Khurshid Khan and six others, including police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel, were killed whereas 12 others were injured when more than 300 militants attacked the check post.

Speaking over the telephone to this correspondent from an undisclosed location, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan accepted the responsibility of the attack and said they beheaded SP Khan and two FC officials during the fight and had taken away heads of all three security officials with them.

“We have also taken away two night vision goggles, 15 Kalashnikovs, two rocket launchers, three mobile jammers, 30 rounds of magazines and three heavy machine guns from the check post,” said Ehsan. Two TTP fighters sustained injuries during the fight, he added.

According to police sources, the heavily armed militants attacked the check post, resulting in a three hour gunfight.

Those killed included three policemen and four FC personnel. Sources said the militants had beheaded SP Khan on the spot.

The 12 injured included FC and police personnel who were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced the Sitara-i-Jurat award for the slain SP in recognition of his bravery.

The militants ransacked the check post and set it on fire, reducing police equipment and weapons in the office to ashes. At least four vehicles and three motorcycles were also destroyed in the attack.

Police sources said the militants fled after the attack and there were no militant casualty figures available as yet whereas a number of security personnel were missing.

Funeral prayers of SP (rural) Khan and the other slain officials were offered later today.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain and a large number of police officers were among those attending the prayers.

Speaking to media representatives after the prayers, Chief Minister Hoti said that terrorists wanted to deteriorate Peshawar's security situation.

Moreover, the provincial information minister said that the KP government would soon launch an operation against the terrorists.

Comments (87) Closed

Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:32pm
Are you joking? The Pakistani state never swings into action, and you know that.
Syed Oct 15, 2012 02:06pm
This is unacceptable. Where was one of the biggest army?
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:25pm
Morale among the police forces is low. The Taliban believe they will win, and the police forces (at this point in time) do to. They are fighting a lost cause, so why should they risk their necks? They should be given high tech police weapons. Don't spend all the money on jet fighters. In a judo match, if the match is a draw, tie break points are awarded for "fighting spirit". The Taliban have the fighting spirit.
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:30pm
It reminded everyone of the Bannu jail break. The difference is the militants launched this assault in order to intimidate law enforcement because they are arrogant people. They want to show Pakistan who is in charge. The believe they are invincible.
Rauf Oct 15, 2012 07:24am
only malala goes to uk becos she can speak against taliban and her case will be highlighted to avenge taliban and make taliban look bad .west does not care about pakistanis .west only cares about there own intrests. as long as pak corrupt rulers are taking dollars from us for the blood of there people west need not worry about pakistanis.
Hindu Kush Oct 15, 2012 07:23am
The same thought here...but they have no propogana value.
ANEES Oct 15, 2012 02:28pm
You can reach in three hours while WALKING to this place Matani from the Headquarters of Police, FC and Army in Peshawar city. There was a murder and firing in this same area about 40 years ago. People asked the then SHO was asked to rush to the spot. He said, " why go while the ground is hot. Let it cool down and we will go then" Same here?
Saad Oct 15, 2012 09:41am
I fail to understand if gun fight continued for 3 hours where was the back-up , rangers , military and other security agencies . Pakistan is among those countries who spent more money on defense and security than on education and this incident has shaken the confidence of every Pakistani. It is time for our military and govt to work together to rescue Pakistan with increasing terrorism .
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:35pm
The Pakistan Army needs to take over law enforcement and augment the police agencies.. That is Pakistan's greatest need right now - peace and security.
karam Oct 15, 2012 05:50pm
where is our backup plans? where is our PAF? do we have any Air Force anyway????? they are sleeping. the attack lasted 3 hours, you can fly from Dubai to Peshawar in less than 3 hours. where was our police back up and where was our Air Force support? Its above my head, whats happening. they even dont have sense of shame now in them. militants come inside their home, cut a few and abduct a few to upload their cutting movies online. and they are still sleeping no plans to defence. you people sincerely tell me when was the last time you heard of any action from our Air Force? they are sleeping we have just 14th august circus squad. we dont have even an ambulance. we had to beg UAE to provide us one, so where is this unaudited budget going? why dont we just shut down air force and use that budget to give weapons to our people, we will defend our cities ourself.
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:43pm
I suppose they can do that from England.
Mariam jan Oct 15, 2012 11:37am
Taliban are not against education it seems that you watch too much CNN and BBC
deva Oct 15, 2012 11:29am
scrap all the laws which divide society. make mullah and other religious head unimportant and dont bring them in main news.. make religion as a personal thing..What i am seeing in Pakistan everything is related to that aspect needs to be suppressed and talk about merit of matter. Transparency is other key..bring that..
nasir Oct 15, 2012 08:48pm
rahman mallik maybe inefficient, but he has not created taliban. ask the people who created and are still backing them .
ssshah Oct 15, 2012 12:46pm
It just reminds me Bannu jail break. That jail is center of city, militants came after crossing several checkposts, performed activity for around 4 hours and gone back ... they are around 300 attackers. Do you think it is possible?
Truth Hurts Oct 15, 2012 09:35am
I second your comments Ms. Jan
asif Khattak Oct 15, 2012 11:39am
What was the reaction of securty forces in three hours gun battle? Where they are heavily deployed in Dara adam Khel & Peshawar few mile away from Post .
PakiDada Oct 15, 2012 01:01pm
Shameful! In the three hour gun battle, the so called brave and glorious troops of the Pakistan Army and Frontier Constabulary were no where to be found? What about Police backup? Mattani is between Peshawer and Kohat, and reinforcements could have been brought from either Peshawer, Kohat, or even Nowshera. It is shameful that we let our own troops die in battle simply because the leadership is too busy playing golf and building mansions using public funds!
Raghu S Johar Oct 15, 2012 05:37pm
It is really strange and shameful that during three hour gun battle, no support action was taken by Police or Military by sending reinforcement. They could easily send attack helicopters or jet fighters. But Government of Pakistan and Military of Pakistan seemed not to feel bad at all. Persons like us sitting in other countries cannot do more than to express sorrow for those innocent Police officer killed due to lack of support from their own country.
nasir Oct 15, 2012 10:13am
pakistan spend more money on defence than on education,thats the reason for the present day mess
Mahmud Oct 15, 2012 02:15pm
It reminds me of Salala, when our forces were repeatedly attacked for hours and air force was nowhere to be found.
Ad Oct 15, 2012 10:27am
Let's go to North Wazistan for operation for US and let our people in cities insecure....what a shame for three hours no one bothered even to come for help. Looks like everything is planed to find excuse for N.Wazistan's operation for another heavy dollers downpour! Our people are very naive!
Najam Nawaz Saqib Oct 15, 2012 01:31pm
Salute to our Shaheed troops. But a logical point is that why they could not get backup force???? Terrorists remained there for three hours and in this long time none of them should have been escaped. If our security forces can not protect their own fellows how can we feel safe? It seems that there is no coordination between army,FC and Police. A really sad incident.
Muhammad Alvi Oct 15, 2012 01:29pm
Everybody's comments sound like wishfull thinking; nobody is ready to act. Why is it so difficult to replace this government?
Haseeb Oct 15, 2012 01:30pm
Marium u seems to be out of news for a very long time......... Kindly think before you post...... and also study the incident of Malala. hope that will change your opinion
nasir Oct 15, 2012 08:51pm
the biggest army has created taliban and still backing them. why will they act.
faheem Oct 15, 2012 01:52pm
Its hard to beleive no body showed up for hours, whatever the reason we have to decide what are we going to do about it. They have destroyed and corrupted our religion are killing us every day and we act like we have a choice but to cut this tumour off. we owe it to our children . whatever the cast lets not be confused its very simple , a country of almost 200 million is being kept hostage by a bunch of thugs, any other solution is just wishful thinking.
ahmad Oct 15, 2012 12:42pm
One way or the other. There should be decisive fight and army should kill everyone of these bandits as many as possible. .And all madrassas should be closed and children sent home.
hidayat Oct 15, 2012 01:23pm
the soldiers this morning even with the bravity repulsed the attack of militants.We are proud of our army and all forces of Pakistan.It would be mighty of ALLAH that before reaching here all would be captured or surrounded to expose their shapes to every single man pf Pakistan to be alert the public for every single reaction of the opponents.
waleed raza Oct 15, 2012 08:29am
gunbattle for 3 hours... where was our paramiitary?
APC Oct 16, 2012 12:28am
This is the attitude that made your life in misery. Person like made country to ransom to those thugs by believing spreading the conspiracy theories across the vast population. You people are actually running away from the fact. You should be ashamed of being you.
APC Oct 16, 2012 12:25am
Coz, India, US & Israel are the real threat to Pakistan and these TTP is actually helping them.
Bilal Oct 15, 2012 08:19am
How much more lives must be lost before the state swings into action? What are we waiting for? Why can't we go all out against these beasts who are beheading our security personnel time and again?
Aamir Amjad Oct 16, 2012 12:21am
Marium if they are so good why dont you leave and settle in Afghanistan.?
aqabdulaziz Oct 15, 2012 06:48am
I wonder how many of these injured brave soldiers will be sent to UK for good treatment.
Brighton Rodeo Oct 15, 2012 06:49am
Government must establish its writ at all cost no matter what.
muhammad Oct 15, 2012 10:32pm
oh God i am sick of talibaan why is pakistanipolice can not control this problem as of yet
farooq shaikh Oct 15, 2012 10:25pm
Fedral interior minister should be fired,and supreme court should take a notice.
farooq shaikh Oct 15, 2012 10:14pm
Three hours of gun battle and fedral govt and army was sleeping
numbersnumbers Oct 16, 2012 03:06am
And of course you can prove that TTP is working for US/INDIA/ISRAEL!
Nasir Khan Oct 15, 2012 07:06pm
"TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan accepted the responsibility of the attack and said they beheaded SP Khan and two FC officials during the fight and had taken away heads of all three security officials with them" some times when i see dead bird or animal on road, it affect me atleast for three days but think when they were taking human heads, what would be their feelings? they must be feeling very proud by beheading three fathers of childern... thank you Zia Ul Haq.
Muhammad Zeeshan Hanif Oct 15, 2012 06:58pm
This is so sad. Three hours fight and still Talibans managed to escape with a notion of being victorious. A SP police was beheaded, but no body in the country would ever know him for more than a day or two. Why media does not bring this issue in the lime light as it is the true depiction of bravery on the part of our Police. But, as the luck would have it, its Malala, which is still being the headlines of News. May the family of all those who died be blessed with power to bear their loss. May Allah help us all
Sam Oct 15, 2012 05:30pm
Mehmood Anwar Oct 15, 2012 05:30pm
Oh, so it is all a conspiracy to make the Taliban look bad!? Like a conspiracy to make cow dung smell bad?
M Oct 15, 2012 06:41pm
Someone with the name "think rationally" that supports cooperation with the Taliban. Hilarious. You don't cooperate with thugs and murderers that specifically target chuldren. Period. As bad as some in Pakistan may believe the US to be, they do not put children on "hit lists". It's time to take responsibility for the well being of your own country and realize no modern nation can operate with an armed group inside that wishes to install its own leaders and its own laws.
Rizwan Oct 16, 2012 06:48am
And the funny thing is that after spending more money on defense than education we are more insecure than ever before.
Numbersnumbers Oct 15, 2012 07:20pm
And of course you can prove that! Please give us credible references for your twisted Logic!
TaimurChaudhry Oct 16, 2012 03:53am
Was it a joke?
Jawwad Oct 15, 2012 08:36pm
Oh common guys. He has a very rationale point. You've got to read in between the lines. 2 thumbs up.
Mansoor Sajid Oct 15, 2012 11:44am
It puzzle the mind that why not backup forces were called in to come to rescue of poorly equipped police force. This is not the first time that such an attack by Taliban has taken place with heavy casualties on Pakistan side while our security apparatus remained dormant. Why can
Mariam jan Oct 15, 2012 09:12am
Pakistani government should send these injured police to Great Britain for treatment
Saif Oct 15, 2012 07:58am
and where was the government and military to support the poorly equipped police, who pay their lives for the safety of the citizens.
Azher Oct 15, 2012 09:08am
3 hours and closer to Peshawar???? Why we left brave policemen & FC people alone for three hours? why taliban escaped?? whats going on???
Temple Worshiper Ohm! Ohm! Oct 15, 2012 09:03am
The same place our air force was during 2 hour Salala kills.
Agha Asad Raza Oct 15, 2012 12:56pm
Three hours battle on the main Kohat-Peshawer road, 20 kms from the city????? No reinforcements, No help??? No wireless messages, No cell phone calls???? There is something NOT right here!!! This should send a lot of heads rolling or there is another story behind all this???
Think Rationally Oct 15, 2012 09:24am
Zeeshan, Oct 15, 2012 11:25am
This is the double game played by our military . They are masterminding all operations and activities. They are in full control of the Taliban networks and their exercises.
Ahmar Mustikhan Oct 15, 2012 05:58am
Pakistan society must rise as one people to defeat extremism and terrorism to promote secularism and democracy. For this, it is must all federating units are treated as equals and their sense of deprivation be removed.
Sher Bad Shah. Oct 15, 2012 06:07pm
I took it personally when Condi Rice termed Pakistan a" Failed State", now it has become one.
Muhammad Alvi Oct 15, 2012 01:22pm
Stop being cynical, face the realities of life.
omer khan shaheen Oct 15, 2012 10:51am
We will never learn and history in Pakistan repeats, repeats and repeats.
jamal Oct 15, 2012 06:22am
Our karo agar magar....
naeem Oct 15, 2012 06:30am
Rehman Malick talks a lot but does nothing. He should be put in the front line against the Talibans.
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 02:01pm
300 militants with guns seems a lot, but how many soldiers are in the Pakistan Army? Iam guessing more than 300. They have no paratroops to send?
Muhammad Alvi Oct 15, 2012 01:06pm
You must know that CNN and BBC are still more reliable than Pakistani news media. It seems to you the other way, because of your prejudice. You are the only person that I am hearing from that Taliban are not against education. If they are not, why did they attack young girl, Malala?
Swift Oct 15, 2012 01:51pm
Yes, you are right. I found that out too. Amazing what people can be made to believe. They seem not to realize how their minds are being influenced and molded.
Parveen Oct 15, 2012 07:11am
There is no reply for ur question to any one in this country....
Rizwanul Huda Oct 16, 2012 12:53am
Seems something fishy fishy
Rizwanul Huda Oct 16, 2012 12:52am
What a tragedy! Pakistanis killing Pakistanis
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 09:18pm
Islam is everything to a devout Muslim, but it is not everything because it cannot run a country.
Yawar Oct 16, 2012 01:07am
why not North Waziristan?
Hussan Oct 16, 2012 01:20am
Madrassas never creates terrorists. Its foreign elements who are deteriorating the situation here.
A. Tareen Oct 15, 2012 07:33pm
Shame on Pakistan Army.
Orfeo Oct 15, 2012 07:28pm
Three hours gunfight and no police backup??? Maybe Matni is in the middle of nowhere otherwise there is no excuse for the "militants" to have fled the scene.
TaimurChaudhry Oct 16, 2012 03:51am
And they should also regard murderers as our national hero
Thoughtful Oct 15, 2012 10:47pm
Only brain dead people with no integrity and self respect will allow themselves to be treated like this by a bunch of criminals and thugs. What a coward and thoughtless nation!
Yawar Oct 16, 2012 01:32am
The article does not say what time the terrorists attacked. Very poor reporting.
Bilal (@doc_bilal) Oct 16, 2012 01:30am
Three heads rolled, apparently
TaimurChaudhry Oct 16, 2012 03:49am
because those policemen were drone pilots..
KB,U.S.A Oct 15, 2012 08:17pm
i agree with you 100%. we need to educate our people so there will be no bloodshed.
Cyrus Howell Oct 15, 2012 09:22pm
"Moral Courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men". -- General George S. Patton
Abbas Oct 16, 2012 01:55am
Try to open a girl's school in the Taliban controlled area. Just try It? Then you will get your answer.
Jamil Oct 16, 2012 02:32am
In short..........."We are all fed up of this present government". Full stop!
fiaz Oct 15, 2012 03:50pm
Mariam jan, If Taliban are not against specialy female education, (1) who has blowen up thousands schools (2) Why Malala was shot in head, Taliban reason for shooting Malala was, let me quote you (Taliban said it was according to sharia) If it was up to Taliban you would have not been able to read and write.
jagadish Oct 16, 2012 07:02am
these people should be controlled by citizens of that area,not by police.
Mike Oct 15, 2012 09:55pm
harvey Oct 16, 2012 03:23am
you can count on west man