3 cops martyred in terrorist attack on Khyber checkpost.

Three police constables were martyred in a terrorist attack at a checkpost in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber tribal district on Thursday, police said.

The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement, police said that unknown persons attacked the Takhta Beg police checkpost at 7:30pm. The statement said the gunmen, armed with hand grenades, entered the premises and opened fire using a sub-machine gun.

The police statement said that after the firing, a suicide bomber blew himself up. 'Three police constables have been martyred while reports of the injured have not yet been received,' the statement said, identifying the deceased as Manzoor, Yunus and Rafiq.

Speaking to Dawn.com, Khyber District Police Officer (DPO) Imran Khan said it was a 'coordinated attack' during which the assailants opened fire and lobbed hand grenades while a suicide bomber was also present.

The DPO had earlier said that two police officials were martyred in the attack.

KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan condemned the attack and sought a report from the provincial police chief. In a statement, he said he had directed police to send reinforcements.

'The sacrifices of the martyrs will not be in vain,' he said.

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