PESHAWAR, Pakistan ( Associated Press) — Four Pakistani police officers were killed and four others were seriously wounded in an armed attack on a police station in the country’s restive northwest on Sunday. Police gave this information.
Nawaz Khan, an officer with the assault office, said the suspects used grenades and automatic weapons at the Lakki Marwat district police station before fleeing into the night.
The policemen who were on duty fired back and called for reinforcements, although by the time help arrived the attackers had already fled, apparently because they had run out of ammunition. The police was looking for the attackers.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although previous attacks on police officers have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.
Gunmen had last month ambushed a routine police patrol, killing six officers in the vehicle in Dadewala area of Lakki Marwat district. The responsibility of that attack was taken by the Pakistani Taliban. The armed group is affiliated with the Afghan Taliban.
Late last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up near a van carrying officials to protect polio vaccination workers near Quetta in southwestern Pakistan. The blast killed an agent traveling in a nearby car and three members of a family. Another 23 people, most of them police officers, were injured.
Both southwestern Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the northwestern province of Afghanistan bordering Afghanistan, have been fueled by Pakistani insurgents since the Taliban came to power.