Gunmen kill three army soldiers in northwestern Pakistan
Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed three soldiers Sunday near the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
Peshawar: Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed three soldiers Sunday near the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
The gunmen struck in Garhi Sohbat Khan on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, attacking a private vehicle carrying the three soldiers, said Shaukat Khan, a senior police officer.
The attackers used handguns to target the soldiers, who were returning from a military dairy farm after fetching milk for officers, Khan said.
Jamaatul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack. Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for the group, said in a statement that the three soldiers were targeted by the group to avenge the "military's animosity with mosques."
Islamic militants have been involved in multiple such attacks in and around the provincial capital surrounded by lawless tribal regions.
Dad Mohammad, another area police officer, said the incident was second such attack in this area — which is close to Mohmand tribal region. Last week gunmen shot and killed a prominent physician who was instrumental in anti-polio campaigns, he said.
The Mohmand tribal region had been a longtime hotbed for Islamic militants and the Pakistani army has carried out several operations to eliminate militant hideouts.
But the militants have repeatedly struck back. Last Friday, a suicide bomber killed 36 worshippers in a mosque during weekly prayers in the Ambar area of Mohmand. Jamaatul Ahrar claimed responsibility for that attack too.
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