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Pakistan: Militants Kill 2 Police Personnel In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

Two police officers were killed in Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa when militants opened fire on them while they were on their way to provide protection at a mosque during special night prayers in the holy month of Ramadan. The Pakistani Taliban is suspected to be behind the attack, as there has been an increase in attacks by the group since they unilaterally ended a cease-fire with the government.

Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan (2012)
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Militants in Pakistan shot at the country's police force in a volatile northwestern province overnight, killing two officers, officials said Tuesday. The latest attack on police was made overnight in the Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan. Senior police officer Islamuddin Khan said two officers were on their way on motorcycle for protection duty at a mosque during the special night prayers in the holy month of Ramadan. 

Khan said the gunmen opened fire on the officers when they slowed at a turn, killing them on the spot. He said a search operation to arrest the shooters had begun.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Two attacks last week in the same province that killed four officers and wounded six were claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistani Taliban is allied with but separate separate from Afghanistan's Taliban. There has been an increase in attacks by the Pakistani Taliban since they unilaterally ended a cease-fire with the government.

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