Islamabad: Seven policemen were killed and four others, including a senior officer, injured when dozens of militants ambushed their vehicles on the outskirts of Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.

The police convoy was attacked at Mattani area late on Friday night. Six policemen were killed instantly while one more died in hospital on Saturday, officials said.

Kohat district police chief Dilawar Bangash was among the injured. Bangash was driving from Peshawar to Kohat when his convoy was ambushed on the Indus Highway. The militants fired several rockets at the convoy and destroyed one vehicle.

An injured driver drove Bangash to Kohat and both of them were admitted to a military hospital, officials said. Additional police forces were sent to the area after the attack. They exchanged fire with the militants for some time.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack though such incidents are usually blamed on the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.


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