PESHAWAR: At least 340 policemen have been killed in Peshawar in the war against militancy that has plagued the province with an iron grip since 2006. This is the largest number of targeted attacks on the police to surface from any district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, an official said the police and security forces have been the primary target for a long time. At least 95% of terrorist attacks in Peshawar over the past decade have targeted police officials.
He said the police were targeted in suicide attacks in the past. However, with time, security was tightened at police stations and posts. This has made it difficult for militants to attack these targets.
As a result, militants have resorted to new tactics. They now target lone policemen.
On Youm-e-Shuhada Day, The Express Tribune speaks to a few police officials in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa who have lost their colleagues to the militants’ gun.