LAKKI MARWAT: A policeman embraced martyrdom while guarding his post in an armed attack by militants in Barghantu area of Bannu district late Wednesday night.

A police official said that the post which came under terrorist attack was located in the remote rural locality in the limits of Ahmadzai police station of Wazir subdivision.

He said the militants used light and heavy weapons in a bid to breach the police post.

“But the cops deployed there fought gallantly and thwarted the militants’ plan,” he maintained.

He said the law enforcers retaliated and a gun battle continued for an hour, forcing the assailants to flee. The official said that a brave cop identified as Mirsali Khan was martyred in the exchange of fire.

After the attack, a police contingent reached the area and launched a search operation.

The body of the martyred policeman was shifted to the police lines for funeral prayers after completing medico legal formalities in the hospital.

RPO Qasim Ali Khan, DPO Iftekhar Shah, military officials and relatives of the deceased attended the funeral prayers.

Police and military officials placed flower wreaths on his coffin. On the occasion, the regional police chief paid rich tributes to the martyred police constable for laying down his life in the line of duty.

He said that the martyred policemen were the real heroes of the nation and their supreme sacrifices would not go in vain.

Published in Dawn, March 1st, 2024

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