Security forces repulse attack on checkpost in Khyber district

KHYBER (PPI): Law enforcers on Sunday repulsed an attack on a checkpost in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Khyber district. According to reports, an assailant fired shots and threw a hand grenade at the checkpost, but police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel’s response and counteraction forced the attacker to flee.
There were, fortunately, no casualties in the terror attack. This assault on law enforcement adds to the ongoing security issues in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been witnessing numerous militant attacks in July alone.
On July 21, at least four terror attacks were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in just 48 hours, including one in the capital city of Peshawar, where authorities were successful in foiling it. A policeman, on July 20, was martyred, and 10 others were injured after a terrorist blew himself up when the police intercepted him and his accomplice while entering the Bara tehsil compound — which houses the Bara Police Station, government offices, and a cell of the counter-terrorism department (CTD).
The province has seen a surge in terrorist attacks — from improvised explosive device blasts to suicide bombings — since late last year when the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) ended its ceasefire with Islamabad.
Pakistan’s government has warned Afghanistan against providing safe havens to the banned TTP — a terrorist organisation targeting security forces.
The top brass of the Pakistan Army has recently said that sanctuaries and liberty of action available to terrorists of proscribed TTP and other groups of that ilk in Afghanistan is one of the major reasons impacting the security of Pakistan. Pakistan has witnessed a surge in terrorist attacks following Afghan Taliban’s return to power in August 2021 and called upon the interim rulers to take decisive actions against terrorists, including the TTP, responsible for cross-border attacks.
Terror activities in the country have soared by 79% during the first half of 2023, a statistical report released by the independent think tank Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) showed.