Another terror attack in the Christian colony of Peshawar, in Pakistan. A civilian died, many feared

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PESHAWAR: Four Terrorists tried to attack a Christian Colony on the outskirts of Peshawar during a stand-off with the security forces, this Friday morning, where a civilian was also killed.

The Jamatul Ahrar group of militants claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Soldiers, backed by army helicopters have exchanged gunfire with the militants in the suicide vests who entered the colony around 6 am after hitting a security guard, according to the  Inter-Service Public Relations.

All four attackers exploded their suicide jackets, Additional Inspector General Bomb Disposal Squad Shafqat Malik said, adding that rifles five hand grenades were recovered from thed attcakers.

Two civilian guards, two Frontier corps and a police constable were injured during the exchange of fire, according to what the ISPR said.

The AIG termed the colony clear after a house-to-house search operation was carried out.

The city experienced its worst attack in December 2014 when Taliban gun-men massacred about more than 150 people, where most of them being children, at an army run-school.

These  installations were initially the prey of the attack, security agency sources told Dawn  News, but since security forces had already received intelligence and were vigilent to the threat, the terrorists moved in to attack the Christian colony instead.

Pakistani soldiers cordon off a street leading to Christian colony following an attack by suicide bombers on the outskirts of Peshawar on September 2, 2016. Four suicide bombers who were trying to attack a Christian colony in Pakistan were killed early on September 2 during a gunfight with security forces outside the northwestern city of Peshawar, the army said. / AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

The area, that is located near the Pak-Afghan border, is impressionable to cross-border movement of terrorists. The Jamaatul Ahrar has a existence in the area, the sources said.

The attack on Christian Colony comes barely a day after Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa gave an exhaustive rundown of progress made against militants in the country’s northwestern region in Operation Zarb-i-Azb which was launched in June 2014.

He highlighted that Pakistan had suffered a cumulative loss of $106.98 billion in the war on terror between 2001 and 2015. “We are not doing it for anyone but ourselves,” he stressed.

He said 3,500 terrorists had been eliminated during the course of Operation Zarb-i-Azb, while 2,272 soldiers were and 537 personnel had embraced martyrdom, including 18 officers, 35 junior commissioned officers and 484 soldiers.

 

 

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