Monday 19 February 2018

Militants kidnap 21 policemen in pre-dawn raids

Pakistani soldiers drive through a stream during their patrol at Wana Jandola road near Wana. Photo: Reuters
Pakistani soldiers drive through a stream during their patrol at Wana Jandola road near Wana. Photo: Reuters

DOZENS of armed militants have attacked two tribal police posts in north-west Pakistan, killing two policemen.

Twenty-one other policemen are missing and presumed kidnapped.

Officials say the attacks occurred before dawn in the town of Darra Adam Khel – located near Pakistan's tribal region, the main sanctuary for Taliban militants in the country.

Security forces have launched an operation to try to recover the 21 missing policemen.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Suspicion is likely to fall on the Pakistani Taliban, who have been waging a bloody insurgency against the government.

Irish Independent

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