FAISALABAD - Two gunmen shot and killed three police officers in an attack on a patrol in Faisalabad on Friday. Police officer Hidayat Ali said the two gunmen escaped on a motorbike after the shooting late Friday on a busy road of the industrial city. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault but a local affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed a similar attack on police patrol in capital, Islamabad, last week. The previous claim came through a statement circulated online. One officer was killed and two wounded in the Islamabad attack.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan denied the existence of any IS affiliate or branch in the country, saying militants operating for different groups invoke the name of IS to spread fear.

19 ARRESTED OVER

KITE-FLYING, 6 INJURED

Police claimed to have arrested 19 people on charge of kite- flying during which 6 persons including 5 children received multiple injuries during past 12 hours here. A spokesman of police told on Friday that the administration had imposed ban on kite-flying but despite ban, the people especially youths were found involved in kite-flying.

During kite flying, 6 persons, including 12-year-old Muhammad Adeel of Jilani Pura Sitiana Road, 5-year-old Romia resident of Ghokhowal, 5-year-old Hasnain, 5-year-old Rida of Kaleem Shaheed Colony and 48-year-old Shahbaz resident of Mansoorabad, sustained multiple injuries. Taking serious notice of kite-flying, the district police launched a vigorous campaign and arrested 19 persons red handed while flying kites.

The arrested persons include Junaid, Aakash, Azhar Nadeem, Ali Raza, Athar, Sadi Ahmad, Abdur Rehman, Kamran, Ali Raza, Muhammad Ali, Tehwar, Taimoor, Sajid, Rehan, Muneer Azhar, Ghulam Abbas and Saqib.

Police also recovered more than 850 kites and other material including bundles of twine from their possession while further investigation was under progress,the spokesman added.