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Six policemen killed in Ziarat gun attack

Government official says the attackers came on motorcycles

SAMAA | - Posted: Mar 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Mar 20, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Government official says the attackers came on motorcycles

Members of Pakistan’s new police force the ‘Eagle Squad’ prepare to patrol in Balochistan in this May 2018 photo. (AFP)

At least six policemen were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Ziarat district of Balochistan, officials said on Wednesday.

The assault took place in the mountainous Sanjawi area of Ziarat district. “It was a sudden attack. The attackers came on motorcycles and killed all six personnel on duty,” Qadir Bakhsh, a senior government official in Ziarat, told AFP.

Bakhsh said the attackers were armed with automatic weapons and fled after the assault early Wednesday, adding that a search operation has been launched in the area.

The Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to media.

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