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Two police officers martyred and three injured in another terrorist attack in DI Khan

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In a tragic incident in Dera Ismail Khan, two police officers lost their lives, and three others sustained injuries during a terrorist attack. The targeted location was an oil and gas exploration company’s camp, further highlighting the persistent security challenges in the region. This attack occurred in the early hours of Tuesday and underscored the ongoing threat posed by extremist elements.

This unfortunate incident follows a series of recent attacks in the district. Just three days prior, a bomb blast near a police patrol in Dera Ismail Khan resulted in the loss of five lives, with over 20 individuals injured. Subsequently, two days later, militants attempted to target security personnel at a checkpoint in the district’s Tank area. Security forces successfully repelled the attack, resulting in the deaths of at least 10 assailants. On the same evening, a checkpoint in the Roori area came under attack, injuring a constable.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Asfar Ali Shah provided details about the latest attack, revealing that unidentified armed assailants specifically targeted a camp operated by Al-Haj Oil and Gas Private Drilling Company. The attack led to the tragic martyrdom of two police officers who were stationed at the camp, while three other officers sustained injuries. The wounded personnel were promptly transported to a nearby hospital, with one of them in critical condition.

The fallen officers have been identified as ASI Rehmat Ali and Khan Arif, and the injured officers are Alamgir Khan, Fazlur Reman, and Ataur Rehman. The loss of lives and injuries highlight the severe and ongoing security challenges in the region.

These incidents of violence come amidst a broader increase in terrorist activities in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. These areas have experienced a surge in attacks, with the situation exacerbated by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ending its ceasefire with the government in the preceding year.

Security forces have been actively engaged in countering these threats, including neutralizing terrorists who infiltrated a Pakistan Air Force training base in Mianwali. The region has also witnessed significant casualties, with militants ambushing security forces in Gwadar, attacks on police camps in Dera Ismail Khan, IED blasts in South Waziristan, and the loss of soldiers in Balochistan.

The Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) reported a concerning increase in militant attacks, with August recording the highest number of monthly strikes in almost nine years. In August alone, there were 99 attacks across the country, marking a significant uptick in security incidents. The situation remains a pressing concern, requiring sustained efforts to ensure the safety and stability of the region.


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