PESHAWAR - Lack of security gadgets and carelessness have exposed the police force of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to militant attacks as every year dozens of law enforces are being killed in the terrorist incidents.

Though Inspector General of Police KP Nasir Durrani has brought a number of reforms in the Police Department, yet no step has so far been taken to control the casualties of police in the repeated militant attacks. KP police have a number of vehicles but have no explosive tracing device or jamer facilities to avert the remote control bomb attacks on police patrolling mobiles. 

Police have not a single bullet-proof vehicle to patrol the most sensitive areas like Mattni, Badhabera, Regi and Chamkani and are vulnerable to militant attacks.

Secondly police are not following security tips as adopted by Pak Army soldiers. In case of any incident, policemen are gathered at a single site having no vigilant watchmen to provide backup security to the group.

In the last night attack, there was no backup security to guard when four policemen were targeted by militants at Iftar time. They were extremely exposed to terrorists attack as all of them had removed their jackets and put their weapons aside.

In April 17, 2014 a police constable, identified as Muhammad Amil, was injured when unidentified militants opened firing at a police van in Hangu district. A police team was patrolling the area to check security arrangements for a polio drive when unidentified militants ambushed them at Barabaskhel Bridge in the morning. Soon after this, on April 27, 2014, five policemen and a civilian were killed in an attack at Zangli Check Post on Kohat-Peshawar road at Badhaber area of Peshawar.

Unidentified militants opened firing on a police van at Zangli Check Post, leaving two policemen injured. When more policemen were called in for support, militants also attacked them, killing five of them, including a sub-inspector and a passer-by. On April 27, a police constable Siraj Gul was killed while another constable Akhtar Ali injured when unidentified militants attacked them near Bakhshu Pul area under the jurisdiction of Khazana Police Station in Peshawar.

On May 16, eight persons, including three policemen, were injured when a bomb attached with a motorcycle exploded at Mandan Gate area of Bannu district. The City Police van was patrolling on the Railway Road, Bannu, when it reached the main square of Mandan Gate it came under attack.

Later to this, a policeman and a security guard were killed in an attack on Kohat Road near City Hospital in Peshawar. Reports said the attackers first killed the guard and then shot dead the constable when he tried to chase the assailants. The slain were identified as constable Mohammad Ali and Irfan.

On June 11, unidentified militants ambushed a car of local pro-government militia member in the Kooza Bandi village of Swat, killing three people, including a police guard.

On the same day another cope, identified as Nasrullah was killed in firing on the gate of FC Fort Shabqadar in Charsadda district. DPO Shafiullah Khan confirmed that two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle opened firing on Mehsud deployed on the main gate of the fort on Matta Road.

On June 13, unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate firing and injured two policemen in Badaber area of Peshawar. On July 10, two policemen were killed in a firing incident in the limit of Chamkani Police Station, Peshawar.

On July 9, police mobile was on routine patrol when it was fired upon by unidentified motorcyclists near Waheed Check Post. Subsequently, three policemen sustained severe injuries. Police resorted to retaliatory firing as a result of which one of the assailants was killed. However, the other attacker succeeded in escaping. The injured policemen were shifted to a hospital but two of the wounded succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. On July 18, two tragic incidents occurred in Peshawar in which five police personnel were killed and two others injured.

In the first incident, a police mobile was targeted with an explosive device, killing some policemen while on the same day in the evening four police personnel were attacked at Iftar time when they were getting some food from the roadside hotel.

The repeated attacks on police personnel need a comprehensive strategy to deal with the situation and they need an alternate security cover to avoid repeated militants attacks.