(MENAFN) Taliban militants targeted a police station in northwest Pakistan early Thursday, killing four police officers and injuring six others in the attack. The militants targeted a police vehicle carrying reinforcements sent to respond to the attack on the police station in Lakki Marwat, a town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The bomb killed four officers and wounded six in the police vehicle. Local police officer Ashfaq Khan said a search was underway for the militant suspects who attacked the police station in Lakki Marwat and later targeted the police vehicle with a bomb.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks. The group, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is separate but allied with Afghanistan's Taliban. There has been an uptick in attacks in Pakistan after the Pakistani Taliban ended a cease-fire with the government of Pakistan. TTP has been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in 2021 when US and NATO troops were leaving the country after 20 years of war. Many TTP leaders and fighters have found sanctuaries in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.
Pakistan has seen innumerable militant attacks in the past two decades, but there has been an increase in attacks since November 2022, when the TTP ended a monthslong Afghan Taliban-brokered cease-fire with the government of Pakistan. The recent attacks on the police station and police vehicle highlight the ongoing threat of violence and instability in the region. The Pakistani government has been struggling to deal with the rise in militant attacks, which have claimed many lives and caused significant damage to infrastructure and property.
The attacks on the police station and police vehicle are a reminder of the ongoing violence and insecurity in Pakistan's border regions with Afghanistan, where militant groups like the TTP continue to operate with impunity. While the Pakistani government has taken steps to combat the militants, such as launching military operations and negotiating cease-fires, the situation remains volatile and dangerous for civilians and security forces alike.
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