PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Three policemen, including an official of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), were shot dead in separate incidents in Peshawar on Sunday.

A policeman murdered his two colleagues performing duty at the Douranpur quarantine centre falling in the limits of Shah Pur police station.

An official identified the slain policemen as Sub-Inspector Gul Rehman and Hawaldar Imran. He identified the suspected killer as Abbas, who was arrested. The official said that apparently the incident took place over some petty dispute.

In the second incident, unknown assailants shot dead a CTD official identified as Safdar near the Motorway in the limits of the Chamkani police station.

A police official said that the slain had no enmity with anyone, adding that the police had registered FIR against unknown attackers. He said that the police were investigating the reasons behind the murder.

The funeral prayers of the slain policemen were offered at the Malik Saad Shaheed police lines. Capital City Police Officer Abbas Ahsan and other senior police officials were in attendance.

Meanwhile, driver of a police mobile van was killed when unknown attackers hurled a grenade over it in Katlang area of Mardan district on Sunday.

Officials said that the victim identified as Ibrar Khan succumbed to injuries while being taken to the Mardan Medical Complex Hospital.

They said that a contingent of police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area, and launched a search operation to arrest the attackers.

The police registered FIR against the unknown assailants under the Anti-Terrorism Act. The funeral prayers of martyred cop were offered at the police lines.

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2021

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