PESHAWAR: Four policemen were killed when unidentified motorcyclists targeted a police picket in Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan on Sunday.
Police officials told Dawn.com that the unknown assailants attacked the police check post on Dalazak Road in Phari Pura area near Pakha Ghulam Village.
Officials of Phari Police Station said four attackers riding motorbikes sprayed bullets at the picket killing all four policemen deployed there.
The deceased cops have been identified as Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASI) Amin Khan and Fazal Wahab and constables Ayub Shah and Liaqat.
Meanwhile, angry crowds carrying bodies of the deceased policemen took to the streets and blocked GT Road near Fridous Chowk for all kinds of traffic in protest. The protesters along with relatives of the dead policemen were demanding swift arrest of the culprits behind the attack.
Media spokesperson of the Leady Reading Hospital, Muhammad Jamil Shah confirmed that bodies of the four dead cops have been brought to the hospital.
Deputy Superintendent of Police City-2 Banaras Khan confirmed that four cops have died in the attack and the motorcyclists have fled for which search operation has been launched.
The protesters old Dawn.com that they were protesting against the government’s inability to tackle the issue as they always disown the security forces fighting against the militants and added still there was no head way to resolve the issue.
The attack has come two days after the approval of formation of an anti-terrorism task force by the provincial government.
The KP cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, had also demanded of the center to return the Frontier Constabulary's platoons back to the province so that they can be deployed at sensitive places for controlling law and order and fighting terrorism.
The provincial cabinet in another decision called upon the federal government to pace up the peace talks process as KP was facing the brunt of terrorist attacks.