Tue, 26 Jan 2021

Police say unidentified gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan, killing a senior counterterrorism officer and wounding his driver and a passerby before fleeing the scene.

Peshawar police chief Zahur Babar Afridi said Deputy Police Superintendent Ghani Khan was killed in the November 14 attack, which occurred on the outskirts of the city.

Babar said a search operation had been launched in the area.

Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, which borders Afghanistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has witnessed dozens of militant attacks in recent years, most claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

No one immediately claimed responsibility and the motive behind the attack was unclear. Khan had led several raids on militant hideouts in recent years.

With reporting by AP

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