South Asia

Pakistan: Three killed as gunmen storm police outpost in Punjab province

Pakistani police forces. File photo.

Gunmen stormed a police patrolling outpost in the Kundal area, Mianwali district of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Sunday morning, resulting in the deaths of at least three individuals, including one police officer and two assailants, according to Pakistani media reports.

Pakistani media reported that at least 12 gunmen were involved in the attack, which the Punjab police described as thwarted.

The attackers, as per an official statement, engaged in a shootout with the police from a nearby building.

A police spokesperson confirmed that an extensive search operation was conducted to locate any remaining assailants.

Over the past year, Pakistan has experienced a surge in terrorist attacks, with Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being particularly targeted by militants aiming to disrupt peace and security.

Just days ago, two separate suicide bombings in Mastung, Balochistan, and Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, resulted in multiple fatalities and numerous injuries.

A recent report compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) highlighted a significant increase in militant attacks across the nation during August, with a total of 99 terror incidents recorded.

This marked the highest monthly tally since November 2014. The attacks have claimed the lives of 112 individuals and left 87 others injured, with security forces personnel and civilians being the primary targets, as per the report.