Cop martyred in Bannu; four 'militants' dead in CTD operation.

LAKKI MARWAT -- A police constable was martyred and another suffered gunshot wounds when militants attacked a police patrol in Bannu, while villagers and police repulsed yet another attack on a police post in Lakki Marwat district on the night between Friday and Saturday, officials said.

Separately, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police claimed to have killed four alleged militants during an intelligence-based operation in Sarband area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday.

Officials said that a police mobile van came under a gun and bomb attack in Domel area of Bannu. A team of Domel police station was on patrol duty when it spotted two suspected motorcyclists and signalled them to stop.

'But they violated the signal, opened fire on the cops and also hurled a hand grenade towards them,' they maintained on Saturday.

Lakki locals, police repulse yet another militant assault

The officials said the cops also fired back at the attackers but they fled to Dogar Umarzai village. Both miscreants entered a house and held up inmates as hostages when they saw policemen chasing them, they said. 'When policemen were surrounding the house, the attackers hurled a hand grenade towards them, killing a head constable Pasham Khan and wounding another constable Shah Wali Khan,' the officials explained, saying that the law enforcers returned the fire but both assailants managed to escape.

The officials said that additional force from the township and other nearby police stations and commandos of Quick Response Force (QRF) also reached the area and launched a search for the attackers.

The body and the wounded cop were taken to a local hospital in Bannu from where the body of head constable Pasham Khan was shifted to the police lines for funeral. Bannu Deputy Commissioner Aun Haidar Gondal, DPO Dr Muhammad Iqbal and civil and military officials and people from different walks of life attended the funeral.

Attack repulsed

In Lakki Marwat, police along with residents repulsed an attack on a key police post in Shahtora Takhtikhel area near Serai Naurang town on Friday night. 'A group of terrorists used light and heavy weapons to breach the police post building but they faced tough resistance from the cops deployed...

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