Police Officer Martyred in Suicide Explosion in Khyber District
PESHAWAR: A police officer was martyred in a suicide explosion on Tuesday while attempting to neutralise two suspected terrorists in an intel-based operation at a roadside mosque in Khyber district’s Jamrud area, police said.
Intelligence-Based Operation Carried Out
Police said that they carried out the intelligence-based operation after receiving information of the presence of the two suspected terrorists at a mosque in the Ali Mosque area of Jamrud.
Brave Officer Sacrifices His Life
According to police, the martyred officer was identified as Additional Station House Officer (SHO) Adnan Afridi, who displayed immense bravery by attempting to neutralise the suspected terrorist at the empty mosque. The terrorist detonated his explosives when the courageous police officer entered the roadside mosque.
Search for Accomplice Underway
The accomplice of the suicide bomber was said to have fled the scene following the bombing. Law enforcement personnel are carrying out an investigation and trying to nab the terrorist who fled.
Video Footage Reveals the Horrific Incident
A video shared on social media features a police official entering Ali Mosque carefully looking for the terrorist who, after being encircled, blows himself up inside the mosque upon the arrival of the officer. The explosion was so huge that fire and smoke engulfed the entire mosque while the building also was exploded fully.
خودکش حملے کی ویڈیو۔۔۔
فوری طور پر سمجھ نہیں آرہی کہ وڈیو کیسے بن گئی؟ پولیس نے خودکش حملہ آور کا پیچھا کیا، خودکش حملہ آور نے خود کو گھیرے میں پایا تو خود کو اڑالیا؟ #AliMasjid#khyber#kpPolice#kpkpolice#peshawar pic.twitter.com/tjAcpJJE0S
— Fida Adeel (@FidaAdeel1) July 25, 2023
KP IGP Confirms Incident and Officer’s Martyrdom
The KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) confirmed the incident and the martyrdom of the police officer.
Appreciation for Selfless Actions of Police Personnel
In a statement, the K-P IGP praised the selfless and swift actions of the police personnel at the scene, including Additional SHO Adnan Afridi who sacrificed his life on duty.
Security Forces Respond Promptly
He said that the security forces were actively present at the scene following the blast, responding to the situation with promptness and determination.
Police Put Lives on the Line to Protect Civilians
Despite the circumstances, the police put their lives on the line to protect innocent civilians from further harm, he added.
Continued Attacks on Police and Security Personnel
The suicide explosion on Tuesday is the latest in a series of bombings targeting police and security personnel in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Martyrdom of Policemen and Civilians
On Thursday, three policemen and a civilian were martyred after two suicide bombers disguised in police uniforms targeted a Tehsil Offices Compound in Khyber district’s Bara area.
Escalating Security Concerns
Swift response from the security personnel at the scene led to the killing of the two attackers, but the detonation of the suicide bombers’ vests caused part of the building to collapse, resulting in the martyrdom of three policemen and a civilian. Nine policemen and two civilians were also injured in the attack.
Further Incident Adds to Security Concerns
The attack came hours after two policemen were martyred in a shooting at a check post in Regi Model Town, further escalating security concerns in the region.