10 cops killed,
6 injured in attack
on police station in
Dera Ismail Khan

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Ten cops were martyred while six were injured in a late-night attack on the Chodwan police station in Dera Ismail Khan on Monday, police said.

“More than 30 terrorists launched an attack from three directions. There was an exchange of fire for over two-and-a-half hours,” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police chief Akhtar Hayat Gandapur told media. Gandapur said that the attackers briefly seized control of the police station during the assault in the early hours of Monday.

Malik Aneesul Hassan, the deputy superintendent of police in Draban, said that after entering the building, the militants “used hand grenades which caused more casualties to the police”.

A security vehicle at the site of Chodwan police station in Dera Ismail Khan after it was attacked on Monday.
A security vehicle at the site of Chodwan police station in Dera Ismail Khan after it was attacked on Monday.

Security concerns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have risen as both provinces have witnessed multiple attacks over the past few days. Police said terrorists attacked the police station with heavy weapons at 3am in Tehsil Daraban of the district.

The injured have been shifted to DHQ Hospital, they added. The terrorists attacked the police station from all sides with grenades and heavy gunfire.

The police also retaliated, but the terrorists escaped in the darkness of the night, the law enforcement agency added. The forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to hunt down the fleeing militants, while the quick response force has reached with additional force, according to the police.

Caretaker KP Chief Minister Justice (rtd) Arshad Hussain Shah condemned the attack and expressed his grief over the loss of lives. In a statement, he conveyed his sympathies to the families of the martyrs and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Terrorists attacked the police station with heavy weapons at 3am in Tehsil Daraban on January 5, 2024.
Terrorists attacked the police station with heavy weapons at 3am in Tehsil Daraban on January 5, 2024.

CM Shah said KP police had rendered “eternal sacrifices” for peace in the province and that “such cowardly attacks would not demoralise them”. He asserted that the government would help the bereaved in “every way possible”.

Former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences over the attack and said that such attacks would only strengthen the KP police’s “determination to achieve peace”.

Condemning the incident, ex-president Asif Ali Zardari said that implementation of the National Action Plan was the only way to eliminate terrorism. “Peace will be achieved by destroying the nurseries of terrorists,” he said in a statement posted on X.

Rise in terror activities

Last week, 24 terrorists were killed during firefights and clearance operations in the Mach and Kolpur towns of Balochistan in three days, after security for­ces had thwarted three “coordinated attacks”. Four security personnel and two civilians had embraced martyrdom during the operations.

Security officials prepare to offer prayers for slained police officers during a funeral following an assault on a police station in Dera Ismail Khan on February 5, 2024.

On Wednesday, an independent candidate was shot dead in the Siddiqabad area of KP’s Bajaur district while on the same day, a worker of the Awami National Party (ANP) was killed during the party’s election campaign in Balochistan’s Qila Abdullah.

The next day, at least 10 bomb and grenade attacks rocked different areas of Balochistan in a single day, resulting in the death of one man.

Pakistan has recently witnessed an uptick in terror activities, especially in KP and Balochistan.

According to an annual security report issued by the Centre for Research and Security Studies, Pakistan witnessed 1,524 violence-related fatalities and 1,463 injuries from 789 terror attacks and counter-terror operations in 2023 — marking a record six-year high.

KP and Balochistan were the primary centres of violence, accounting for over 90 per cent of all fatalities and 84pc of attacks, including incidents of terrorism and security forces operations.