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Six security personnel including SP killed in militants' attack

16 October, 2012

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PESHAWAR: Superintendent of Police (Rural) Khurshid Khan and six others, including police and Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel, were killed whereas 12 others were injured when more 300 militants attacked a police check post set up on the main Peshawar-Kohat Road in the Matni area on the outskirts of Peshawar.

According to media reports, the heavily armed militants attacked the check post, resulting in a three hour gunfight.

Those killed included three policemen and four FC personnel.

Sources said the militants had beheaded SP Khan on the spot. The 12 injured included FC and police personnel who were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced the Sitara-i-Jurat award for the slain SP in recognition of his bravery.

The funeral prayer of six frontier constabulary (FC) and policemen, who were killed in a militants attack, were offered in Peshawar. Chief Minister AmirHaider Khan Hoti and senior police officials also attended the prayer.

The militants ransacked the check post and set it on fire, reducing police equipment and weapons in the office to ashes. At least four vehicles and three motorcycles were also destroyed in the attack.

Interior Minister strongly condemned militants attack on police check post in Ghaziabad area of Peshawar and sought report about the incident from IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Malik condoled the death of SP Khursheed Khan and announced Sitara-e-Shujaat for him. He also praised the courage of FC and police officials who offered resistance during militants attack.

Meanwhile, the banned outfit Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has accepted the responsibility of the attack on police that took place in Matni area of Peshawar.

According to the TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan, the banned group killed SP, police and FC men, and abducted several personnel.

Ihsanullah Ihsan said that the attack was in return to the raid launched by the security forces on Taliban training camps in Peshawar.

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