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Lakki Marwat terrorist attack: DSP, constable embrace martyrdom

DSP Gul Mohammad Khan and his gunmen Constable Naseem Gul came under attack near Manjiwala Chowk

By Rasool Dawar
April 06, 2024
Martyred DSP Gul Mohammad Khan (left) and Constable Naeem Gul (right). — X/@KP_police1/File
Martyred DSP Gul Mohammad Khan (left) and Constable Naeem Gul (right). — X/@KP_police1/File

LAKKI MARWAT: A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and a constable embraced martyrdom after terrorists attacked a police vehicle in Lakki Marwat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday.

As per the statement issued by KP Police, militants targeted the policemen near Manjiwala Chowk which resulted in the martyrdom of Lakki Marwat DSP Gul Mohammad Khan and his gunman Constable Naseem Gul.

Meanwhile, another policemen who was wounded in the attack was shifted to a hospital. Following the attack, a heavy contingent of police reached the site and launched a search operation to apprehend the perpetrators.

In a separate incident on Friday, a police constable was martyred when unidentified armed men opened fire on the post-polio campaign assessment team in the Manra area in Birmil tehsil in Lower South Waziristan district.

SHO Zabihullah Wazir of Raghzai Police Station said that the post-polio campaign assessment/monitoring team was on a visit to the area when unidentified persons fired at the police constable on security duty killing him on the spot.

However, the polio monitoring staff escaped unhurt in the firing.

KP, Balochistan attacked most from Jan-March 

The latest terror attack is a grim reminder that the security situation in the provinces bordering Afghanistan is precarious.

A quarterly report issued by the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) noted the worsening security situation in KP and Balochistan.

The report stated that at least 92% of all fatalities and 86% of attacks, including those related to terrorism and security forces operations, were recorded in the two provinces in the first quarter of 2024.

These key findings were revealed in the Q1 2024 Security Report issued by the think-tank, detailing that the country witnessed at least 432 violence-linked fatalities and 370 injuries among civilians, security personnel and outlaws resulting from as many as 245 incidents of terror attacks and counter-terror operations.

Among the 432 fatalities, 281 included that of civilians and security forces personnel.

The KP and Balochistan province alone have accounted for 51% and 41% of the total fatalities in Q1, 2024, respectively. The data indicates that the remaining regions were relatively peaceful, suffering less than 8% of all deaths.

In addition to the casualties related to terrorism and counter-terrorism, 64 incidents of sabotage in the country, targeting properties of the government, politicians, private properties, and security properties were also recorded.

Percentage surged in violence, with the number of fatalities jumping to 178 from 91 in October to December — the fourth quarter of 2023. The Sindh province also saw a nearly 47% rise in violence, however, the number of fatalities was very low.