LAHORE – Two policemen were shot dead and as many wounded in a brazen gun attack at the Babu Sabu Interchange police picket early Monday. A top police officer described the attack as “deliberate and planned”, adding that the involvement of some militants in this cowardly act could not be ruled out.Four gunmen riding a Suzuki Cultus car bearing black number plate opened indiscriminate fire on the policemen stationed at the Babu Sabu Interchange picket in the Shera Kot police area.According to police, four constables of Mujahid Squad – identified as Zahid Manzoor, Muhammad Mushtaq, Waqas Rasheed and Kamran – were stationed at a picket located within a stone’s throw of the Shera Kot police station. “Four unidentified attackers stopped their car some 100 yards from the picket, came out and opened fire on the policemen,” a police spokesperson said.The assailants targeted the cops with sophisticated weapons at one of the main entry points of the City while massive snap checking was under way. As a result, 26-year Zahid Manzoor and 40-year Muhammad Mushtaq died on the spot, while Constables Waqas Rasheed and Kamran sustained bullet wounds and were rushed to the Mayo Hospital. The condition of the injured, being treated at the intensive care unit (ICU) amid heavy police security, is stated to be out of danger.Both the deceased policemen belonged to the Okara district. Constable Manzoor joined the police department on October 3, 2007, and is survived by a widow; while Constable Mushtaq joined the police department on February 26, 1995, and is survived by a widow and five children. The assailants managed to escape from the scene in their vehicle. Police sources revealed that one of the four attackers also sustained bullet wounds during the crossfire, but still managed to escape.It is yet unclear whether some criminals shot the cops to flee from the police picket or it was a terrorist attack. “It would be too early to say anything at this stage. We have started investigations to track down the culprits and are working on different lines keeping in view all possibilities,” Crimes Investigation Agency (CIA) Chief Malik Laiquat Ali told this scribe.The police have also recovered a weapon, most probably left behind by the attackers, from the crime scene. Forensic experts scanned the fingerprints from the weapon, a Kalashnikov, and are also collecting other particulars from the crime scene.With massive pat-down search in different parts of the City and armed police patrolling, the provincial metropolis was literally sealed off soon after the attack, which shook the law-enforcing agency and sounded high-alert all over the province.Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen and other senior officers rushed to the spot soon after the incident and examined the crime scene. The CCPO also visited the hospital to inquire about the wounded policemen.Sources further said that the police were preparing sketches of the assailants after receiving input from the eyewitnesses.