PESHAWAR - Militants gunned down a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) belonging to Counter Terrorism Department in Gulbahar area of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Police sources said DSP Bahadur Khan was on his way to drop his daughter off at school when two masked attackers on a motorbike opened fire in Anam Sanam Chowak in Gulbahar area.

The DSP sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot while his daughter remained unhurt in the attack.

Talking to journalists, Senior Superintendent of Police Dr Mian Saeed said DSP Bahadur Khan was going to school to drop his daughter but he was intercepted by armed assailants and targeted in Gulbahar area. The SSP said that they were working on the case and soon the culprits will be arrested.

Heavy contingent of police rushed to the site and cordoned off the area, police launched a search operation in the entire city and arrested several suspects.

Counter-terrorism police also arrested a suspected person Ameen Gul belonging to banned Lashkar-e-Islam.

Defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khurassani claimed responsibility for the attack.

DSP Bahadur Khan had been receiving threats from militants due to his brave performance in counter-terrorism department.

Bahadur also served as station house officer Gulbahar Police Station, Gharbai Police Station, Mathra Police Station and circle officer in Peshawar. He was known as a seasoned and experienced police officer.

His funeral prayer was offered in Peshawar Police Lines which was attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani and other high ranking officers of police and army.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that KP police have a long history of sacrifices in the war against terrorism as hundreds of police personnel including high ranking officers were targeted in the ongoing war against terrorism.

Agencies add: However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police chief Nasir Durrani said Bahadur Khan was shot Wednesday morning and died of his injuries in the afternoon.