CHILAS: Unknown armed assailants shot dead three security officers and injured another early Tuesday morning.
The incident took place in Chilas city, the headquarters of district Diamer of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), where terrorists ambushed the security officials.
As a result of firing, two Pakistan Army officers – Colonel Ghulam Mustafa and Captain Ashfaq – and SSP Diamer Hilal Ahmed were killed on the spot while a cop sustained injuries. The police and Army officers were investigating the massacre of foreign climbers.
“Though no major arrests have been made so far related to the June 23 shooting of foreigners, these officials were investigating the case,” a senior security official told Reuters.Police said that the officials were attacked when they were going to Deputy Commissioner House in Chilas to attend a meeting.
The officers were critically injured in the attack and were taken to the Chilas District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital where they died during treatment. Chilas DCO Ajmal Bhatti said these officers were hit by the assailants hiding in the mountains.
He said the area was cordoned off and an investigation had been initiated. He said he could not confirm identity of the killers at this stage. A case has been registered against the attackers and police have started investigations.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) issued a statement acknowledging that their subsidiary group Janood-e-Hafsa conducted this attack to bring international attention towards the drone attacks.
The terrorists had also killed 10 foreign and one Pakistani tourist on June 30 in Diamer on the Nanga Parbat Base Camp.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for immediate arrest of those involved in Machh and Chilas incidents.
He has also asked him to keep him abreast of the progress in investigations into these incidents.President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, leaders of political parties and Chief Minister GB Syed Mehdi Shah condemned the terror attack.