Two terrorists attacked a police team during a routine patrol in Lakki Marwa town of Pakistan’s Pakhtunkhwa province. The attackers were on motorcycles. At least six policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), were killed in the incident, according to Pakistani media outlet Geo News.

A city police spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report that the incident took place within the parameters of Dadiwala police station when the police were conducting regular patrolling near a fair in the city.

ASI Ilam Deen, Detective Foot Constable Ahmed Nawaz, Lower Head Constable Zubair, Frontier Reserve Police Constable Usman Ali, Constable Mahmud Khan and Driver Dil Jan were among the dead policemen.

The district police spokesperson said that a search operation has been started to arrest the terrorists.

In a statement issued soon after the heinous attack, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemned it and paid tribute to the martyred policemen, saying the nation salutes the brave officers who laid down their lives for the motherland.

Terming terrorists as enemies of Pakistan, the Prime Minister promised the nation to stand firm against them. He then urged the KP government to hand over the families of the deceased.

Taking notice of the incident, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah directed KP Chief Secretary Shahzad Banga and Inspector General of Police (IGP) KP Moazzam Jah Ansari to submit a report.

The Chief Minister has also sought a report from the officials concerned regarding the attack on the police van.

Reacting to the tragic incident, Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah condemned the attack and offered condolences to the families of the martyrs.

He said that the slain policemen have got the high status of martyrdom. The cowardly acts of terrorists should be condemned as much as possible.

The Turkish Embassy in Islamabad also strongly condemned the terrorist attack.

People in cities across the province have recently taken to the streets and demanded an end to terrorism, but authorities have repeatedly claimed that the situation is under control.

(16 November)