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Police shot dead in Peshawar; militants escape

Police shot dead in Peshawar; militants escape

Aug 12, 2011 - 16:09

ISLAMABAD (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead on Friday three policemen in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials and witnesses said.

After killing the policemen in front of the IRNUM Hospital at the Peshawar University, the assailants drove off with the detainees, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammad Ijaz said.

The detainees included a Taliban commander, another police officer confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. Police had taken the detainees from the Peshawar Central Jail to a dental hospital. The policemen came under attack while returning from the hospital.

"As soon as prison staff left the hospital, the attackers opened fire on them, killing two policemen on the spot. A third succumbed to his injuries at the Khyber Teaching," said witness Imranullah, a student at the Political Science Department.