World Bulletin/News Desk
Four Pakistani policemen were killed late Sunday when two unknown assailants riding a motorbike fired at a check post in the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
"Police signaled the bike riders to stop presumably for checking purpose, but the man sitting behind the rider opened indiscriminate fire on policemen and sped away," Zawar Khan, an eyewitness, told Anadolu Agency.
Three policemen were in uniform while one was in plainclothes, he added.
They were taken to Lady Reading Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, angry relatives and area residents blocked the main Peshawar road and chanted slogans against the government.
Police officials were negotiating with the protestors to persuade them to end the road blockade which has caused a massive traffic jam on both sides of the road until the filing of this report.
Peshawar, the capital city of the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) province on the borders with war-plagued Afghanistan, has been the epicenter of attacks, mostly by Taliban and affiliated groups, for last years.
Some 168 people were killed in four suicide attacks and car bombings during the past one month alone.
Taliban has denied involvement in three out of the four attacks.
Provincial Law Minister Asrarullah Gandapur, along with seven others, was killed on the first day of Eid al-Adha last week in a suicide attack on his house in Dera Ismail Khan, his hometown.
A little known group, Ansar-ul-Mujahiddin, claimed responsibility for his killing.Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2013, 09:46