Thursday, June 1, 2023

Taliban militants kill police officers in northwest Pakistan


Taliban militants targeted a police vehicle with a roadside bomb during an attack on a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday morning, killing four officers and injuring six others, police said and the insurgents.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. (Representative image) (AP)
A bomb killed four officers in a police vehicle as reinforcements were sent to respond to an attack on a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. Six police officers were injured in the attack at the police station.
Local police officer Ashfaq Khan said a search was underway for the armed suspects who attacked the Lakki Marwat police station and then bombed a police vehicle.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. The group known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, is independent but affiliated with the Afghan Taliban. Attacks in Pakistan increased after the Pakistani Taliban ended a ceasefire agreement with the Pakistani government.

The TTP has been encouraged since the Afghan Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021 when the United States
After 20 years of war, American and NATO troops are leaving the country. Many TTP leaders and fighters have found refuge in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power.

Pakistan has seen numerous armed attacks over the past two decades, but there has been a spike in armed attacks since last November when the TTP ended a months-long ceasefire brokered by the Afghan Taliban with the Pakistani government.

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