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Deadly Attack on Dera Ismail Khan Police Station Claims 10 Officers

In a harrowing incident that unfolded in the late hours of Monday, the Chodwan police station in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, came under a coordinated assault by over 30 militants, resulting in the martyrdom of ten police officers and injuries to six. The attack, occurring merely days before the anticipated general elections on February 8, has escalated security apprehensions in the region.

Regional Police Officer Nasir Mehmood confirmed the tragic toll to the media, detailing the intense exchange of fire that persisted for over two-and-a-half hours. Akhtar Hayat Gandapur, the police chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, disclosed to AFP that the militants launched the attack from three different directions and momentarily seized control of the police station.

Deputy Superintendent of Police in Draban, Malik Aneesul Hassan, recounted to Reuters the harrowing moments when the attackers infiltrated the building, employing hand grenades to inflict severe casualties among the police force.

This surge in violence has spotlighted the heightened security risks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, provinces that have recently been marred by a series of attacks. Despite these challenges, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) alongside the security agencies, reaffirmed last week that the polls would proceed as scheduled.

In response to the attack, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar vehemently condemned the act of terrorism, extending his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and urging for optimal care for the injured. He reaffirmed the nation’s unwavering resolve against such cowardly acts of terror and commended the valiant sacrifices of the police and security forces.

Justice (rtd) Arshad Hussain Shah, Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, also denounced the attack and expressed his sorrow over the loss of lives. He acknowledged the KP police’s sacrifices for provincial peace and reassured that the government would extend all possible support to the families of the martyrs.

Former leaders, including ex-prime minister Shehbaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari, also voiced their condolences and condemned the attack. They highlighted the need for steadfast commitment to peace and the importance of implementing counter-terrorism strategies to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

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