TTP claims attack on army, police near Peshawar

Friday, May 17th, 2013 11:08:45 by

Pakistani Taliban Friday claimed responsibility for attack on the army and police near Peshawar, which killed at least two military personnel.


Seven, including three policemen, were injured when militants ambushed their vehicles late Thursday.


Heavily armed militants attacked a police Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) which was on a routine patrol on Kohat Road in Sara Khwara area, leaving three policemen including a driver and two constables injured.


Militants also attacked an army engineering vehicle which was en route from the Darra Adam Khel side. The attack was followed by an intense gun battle between the police and militants, which lasted for an hour.


The militants retreated towards Akka Khel, Khyber Agency as a large number of additional policemen were sent to the area for backup. When the police reached the spot they found two men from the army dead while four were critically injured.


The injured were rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where some of them were stated to be in critical condition.


Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.


Spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the TTP had carried out the attack.


He also claimed responsibility for the killing of a peace committee member in Swat.


The attack occurred a day after the TTP offered ceasefire to the new government if it makes progress on their talks offer.


Taliban had offered conditional talks in February this year however the outgoing PPP-led coalition did not positively respond.


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