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Pakistani policeman, 2 gunmen killed in shootout in Islamabad

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemns the attack and orders an investigation



Screengrab from a video footage shows the shootout site where two attackers and a police officer were killed on Monday night. — Courtesy: Ghazi Media Network
Screengrab from a video footage shows the shootout site where two attackers and a police officer were killed on Monday night. — Courtesy: Ghazi Media Network

By AP

Published: Tue 18 Jan 2022, 2:47 AM

Two gunmen opened fire at police officers manning a roadside checkpoint in the Pakistani capital on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and both assailants, police said.

Two policemen were also wounded in the attack near a market, the Islamabad police said in a statement. They said the wounded officers were taken to hospital. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed condemned the attack and ordered an investigation.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and police are still investigating. Although militants often target security forces in Pakistan, such attacks in Islamabad are rare.

Last Friday, militants attacked an army post in the restive northwest, bordering Afghanistan, triggering an intense shootout that killed a Pakistani soldier. The Pakistani Taliban, who have been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban seized power in the neighbouring country, claimed responsibility for the attack.


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