Grenade attack kills 2 policemen in Charsadda
PESHAWAR – A grenade attack killed two policemen and wounded another one in Charsadda on Tuesday.
The incident happened in the Shabqadar area of Charsadda district, 30 kilometres north of Peshawar.
“Two men riding a motorbike threw a hand grenade on a police vehicle patrolling the area, killing two policemen and wounding another one,” district police chief Shafiullah Khan told AFP.
He said one of the policemen died on the spot and the second in hospital. Another local police official Asghar Khan also confirmed the incident.
Spokesman of the Jamatul Ahrar faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued to local media in Peshawar.
Pakistan has been battling Islamist groups in the northwest and its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its army entered the tribal region to search for Al-Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
In June the army began a major offensive against militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal agency, a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.