PESHAWAR - Two days after the end of a ceasefire between the government and Taliban, an army officer was killed and two others sustained critical wounds when a convoy of security forces was attacked in Bara Shekhan area of Peshawar on Friday.
The convoy of security forces was travelling on Frontier Road Peshawar when it came under attack by militants near border area with Khyber Agency.
The firing resulted in killing of one officer and injuring two others. The injured persons were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar where they were provided emergency medical aid.
Heavy contingent of police rushed to the site and launched a search operation for the arrest of the militants. However, no arrest had been made till filing of the report.
“An army officer has embraced Shahdat (martyrdom), and two troops have been injured in the incident,” a senior military official, who does not want to be named, told a foreign news agency.
Militants attacked the vehicle from both sides of a road separating Peshawar from troubled Khyber Agency on a routine patrol.
No group has yet claimed responsibility but the security source said militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, which has a strong presence in and around Khyber Agency, was suspected.
Earlier, the security forces had also imposed curfew in the area which was lifted on Friday morning and soon after lifting the curfew this untoward incident happened.
Separately, an ammunition depot of Frontier Constabulary (FC) caught fire in Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency near Pak-Afghan border early Friday morning.
The fire caused huge explosions which were heard in far-off areas and spread panic in the area.
According to sources, no one was injured in the fire which was brought under control after a hectic effort. It was first reported that militants stormed the military camp with firing and mortar shelling after which the weapons depot in the camp caught fire, causing more than 50 explosions.
However, military sources have clarified that no attack took place at a Frontier Corps (FC) camp and the arms depot accidentally caught fire. The fire has been extinguished, they added.