LAKKI MARWAT: A militant was killed and two policemen were martyred in a fierce gunfight that erupted after an attack on cops guarding a polio team in Bannu district on Tuesday.

Regional police chief Qasim Ali Khan said that the killed militant had holed himself up inside a house after attacking and injuring two policemen guarding the polio team.

He said that two policemen were also martyred in the operation concluded on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, a police official said that two cops had sustained bullet injuries when unknown motorcyclists opened fire on them while they were on security duty with a polio team in Miryan area earlier in the day.

He identified the wounded cops as constables Aamir Khan and Zahidullah, who were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital.

“Their condition is out of danger,” he added.

The official said that the injured cops engaged the assailants till reinforcements from the police lines and nearby police stations reached.

The regional police officer said one militant was besieged inside a house and later neutralised in intense fire exchange.

He identified the martyred police personnel as ASI Fayazuddin and constable Sikandar, and said that the bodies were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu city.

Published in Dawn, January 10th, 2024

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