PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Two gunmen attacked a police party escorting prisoners Friday in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing three policemen, authorities said.
The policemen were returning after taking three prisoners for medical checkups, Xinhua reported, quoting local television channels.
The news agency’s report said the attacks occurred in the morning near a hospital on the city’s University Road. The gunmen opened fire on the police party and later fled with the prisoners who were being held on charges including murder.
The attacks came a day after two separate explosions in the city. One of them, set off by a teenage girl suicide attacker at a police checkpoint, killed at least seven people. The other explosion, triggered remotely, targeted a police vehicle. Several people were wounded in the two blasts.
The violence ended nearly two months of calm in the beleaguered city, which is capital of the northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province near the country’s tense tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
It was not clear which group staged the Friday attack, but Xinhua, quoting local reports, said Thursday’s explosions were claimed by the Pakistan Taliban.