DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Another policeman was martyred in an attack on a polio team in Shadagraha village of Tank on Sunday.

It was the second such attack in two days. Assai­lants from the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan on Saturday shot dead a policeman who was guarding a polio vaccination team in Tank district. A security man was injured in that assault.

On Sunday, District Police Officer (DPO) Sahibzada Sajjad Ahmad confirmed the attack, saying some armed men opened fire on the police constable deputed for the vaccination team’s security. Constable Nazir Ahmed lost his life on the spot while the assailants managed to escape after the incident.

According to police officials, soon after the incident, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot and shifted the body to the hospital.

AFP adds: Another local police official, Amanat Ali, confirmed the incident.

It comes after the TTP on Friday ended a ceasefire with the government mediated with the help of the Afghan Taliban, accusing authorities of violating the terms of the one-month truce.

No progress had been made in negotiations with the government, according to TTP leader Noor Wali Mehsud.

Published in Dawn, December 13th, 2021

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