As Taliban makes comeback in Pakistan, cops killed in Islamabad, Rawalpindi

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Two police personnel, including a Station House Officer (SHO), were killed in separate attacks in Pakistan’s Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Sunday evening as the government said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reorganising in the country.

The SHO Race Course police station Imran Abbas was shot dead by unidentified assailants, reported Dawn. While in another attack in the federal capital, another personnel was gunned down by assailants riding a motorcycle when they were on their routine patrolling of the area.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid praised the Islamabad police “for sacrificing their lives”. Further adding that the TTP is reorganising in Pakistan, he said: “There are threats in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi.”

The minister further said that the police will be provided with all the resources to nab the culprits.

A UN report last month held the TTP responsible for more than 100 “cross-border” attacks within three months last year, as the armed group oversaw a “reunification” of splinter groups that took place in Afghanistan and was moderated by al-Qaeda.

The 27th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team said TTP was reported to have overseen a reunification of splinter groups that took place in Afghanistan and was moderated by al-Qaeda, reported PTI. “This was expected to increase the threat to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region,” the report added.

The interior minister also announced a compensation of 27.5 million Pakistani rupees for the heirs of the cops killed in action.

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