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July 21, 2014

Two security guards gunned down in Peshawar

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July 21, 2014

PESHAWAR: The incidents of target killings are on the rise in the provincial capital as two security guards of the industrial estate in Hayatabad were gunned down on Sunday after the attackers apparently mistook them for policemen.
“The security guards were performing duty at a barrier between Hayatabad and the Industrial Estate when they were attacked,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Cantonment, Mohammad Faisal Kamran, told The News. He said the guards were wearing police uniforms and the attackers might have mistaken them for cops.
An official of Rescue 1122 identified the slain guards as Imran and Akhtar Zaman.Most of the private guards at the Industrial Estate wear police uniform following a decision taken by the liaison committee of the industrialists and the police.
They are provided salary, uniform and ammunition by the industrialists, who have deployed these guards at various barriers to help the police maintain law and order in the estate that shares a boundary with the lawless Khyber Agency.
The guards have been deployed at the couple of barriers erected between Hayatabad and the Industrial Estate to keep a check on suspected elements. Following an increase in the attacks on the police in the city, the cops have been strictly directed to remain alert to counter any attack.
“There will be covering parties with every police party to counter attack on them. One out of every three cops will be standing alert at some distance at a checkpost or police car,” said Faisal Kamran.
He said the policemen had been directed to wear bullet-proof jackets and helmets to minimise the casualties.Target killers have increased attacks on the police in the provincial capital, particularly at the Iftar time when majority of the cops are relaxed, a source said.
The source said informers of the attackers roam the city and notice checkposts where policemen are not standing alert. The source added that a recently intercepted call between the target killers disclosed that they had to get 11 more motorbikes for the group to collect information about the police checkposts.
Two attacks on police parties in Pishtakhara and Agha Mir Jani Shah caused the death of four policemen and injuries to seven others on Friday. A three kilogram bomb planted close to a police post in Hayatabad on Jamrud Road was also defused the same day.The provincial police force had planned armouring all its police patrolling vans, particularly the ones performing duty in villages close to the tribal areas to minimise the casualties in case of an attack. However, the project like many others suffered delays for several months while the police continue to suffer casualties.