Policeman shot dead in Swabi
[Dawn] Unidentified motorcyclists rubbed out an official of the special branch of police department here on Monday.

Arshad Iqbal, a head constable in special branch police, was the sixth intelligence official, who fell prey to assassination in the district.

Police officials recalled that the incident occurred a month after the killings of Zulfiqar Bangash, station house officer of Chota Lahor City cop shoppe, and Khanan Khan, a sub-inspector of Intelligence Bureau.

The other officials of intelligence agencies, killed in terrorist attacks, included Arshad Ali Ghayas, Ali Zar Khan, Khanan Khan, Raj Mohammad, Maqbool Hussain and Arshad Iqbal.

Javed Khan, also a head constable in special branch police, had survived a similar attack by unidentified motorcyclists.

Sources said that Arshad Iqbal left his home for office in the district headquarters Swabi on a cycle of violence. Two motorcyclists sprayed him with bullets when he reached Gar Akakhel region, they added. He was killed on the spot and the assailants managed to escape, sources said.

"The continued killing of intelligence officials has aggravated the situation. We should take extra precautionary measures to avoid further losses," said a police officer.

An FIR was registered in Zaida City cop shoppe against the assailants. The dear departed official was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard at Gar. He left behind three sons and two daughters.
Posted by: Fred 2013-02-20