Islamabad, March 30. At least four security officers were killed and seven others wounded in two attacks on Thursday by the main Pakistani Taliban group, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in eastern Pakistan.
The first attack occurred in the Lakki Marwat area, located in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after two armed men attacked a police station, injuring six officers, Shahid Hameed, spokesman for the local police, told EFE.
The second attack occurred shortly after, when a bomb attached to the side of a road exploded as a police vehicle rushed to help the attacked comrades, the spokesman added.
“A police deputy superintendent and three officers were killed when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle,” while the driver of the vehicle was injured, Hameed confirmed.
The TTP claimed responsibility for both attacks, noting that the deputy superintendent killed in the attack, Iqbal Mohmand, was among its targets for being behind the arrest of some of its fighters.
For the moment, no member of the insurgent organization has been arrested.
These attacks come days after Pakistan’s electoral body delayed the holding of elections in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until next October, alleging an increase in attacks by insurgent groups and the refusal of the authorities to provide funds to guarantee the security in the area.
Pakistan has experienced an upsurge in terrorism since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August 2021, which reactivated the attacks of its Pakistani ideological brothers.
The situation deteriorated further since last December, when the Pakistani group announced the end of the ceasefire reached a month earlier with Islamabad, which it accused of breaching its commitments in peace negotiations.
According to the Asian country’s Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), last January was the deadliest month in terms of insurgency since July 2018, with at least 134 dead and 254 injured in 44 attacks. EFE
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