Three cops killed in Pakistan, Taliban commander escapes

August 12th, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, Aug 12 (IANS/AKI) Suspected Taliban militants Friday ambushed a police convoy taking terror suspects for dental treatment in Peshawar, killing three policemen and driving off with the detainees that included a Taliban commander.

The attack took place at the University of Peshawar, where police were taking the suspects from the city’s central jail.

The gunmen came on two motorcycles and a car, and escaped after killing three policemen and injuring one, said police official Mohammed Ijaz.

Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said: “They were taken to hospital for a dental check-up. The gunmen fired at them when they returned from the hospital.”

The prisoners had been arrested on terrorism charges.

Peshawar, a northwestern metropolis of around 2.5 million people has repeatedly been targeted by the Taliban.

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