PESHAWAR, Oct 12: A policeman was gunned down outside a mosque in Bakhshi Pul area on Charsadda Road during Friday prayer.
A spokesman for police said Hukam Khan, an official of the special police force, was doing his duty at Abu Bakar Masjid in Bakhshi Pul area during Friday prayer when two people riding a motorcycle showed up and opened fire on him.
He said the policeman got critically injured and later died at Lady Reading Hospital.
The spokesman said a search operation had been conducted in Khazana area, but no arrests could be made.
He said local residents saw attackers but were reluctant to share information about them with police fearing for their safety.
He, however, said efforts were underway to get clue about attackers.
Funeral prayer of the policeman was later held at Malik Saad Khan police lines, where provincial Governor Masood Kausar, additional IGP Masood Afridi, CCPO Imtiaz Altaf and other officials were in attendance.
Afterwards, the body was sent to the policeman’s village, Sewan Kili, for burial.
ACID ATTACK: Unidentified people on Friday threw acid at a passenger coach in Durrani area of Kurram Agency injuring four people, including two girls.
The injured were shifted to Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar.
The coach was coming from Peshawar to Parachinar.
On last Tuesday, too, three people were injured after their bus was targeted by acid throwers on Thall-Parachinar Road.
MOSQUE BOMBED: A mosque was destroyed in Roudh Mandi area of Mohmand Agency’s Haleemzai tehsil after explosives planted on the premises went off in the morning on Friday.
No damage to human life was reported as no one was present in the mosque at the time of the blast.
Security forces later arrested four tribesmen under Frontier Crime Regulation.