Three Pakistani policemen killed in university attack

March 18th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 18 (DPA) Suspected insurgents Wednesday killed three policemen who responded to an emergency call after an attack on a university in Pakistan’s troubled North-West Frontier Province, officials and media reports said.
The shootings occurred in Chakdara town of the Lower Dir district, 75 km from the provincial capital, Peshawar, police officer Gul Mohammad said by telephone.

He said the militants first fired rocket-propelled grenades at the University of Malakand campus and later resorted to indiscriminate gunfire, injuring one private guard deployed on the premises.

“Three policemen were killed and three more were wounded when a police unit dispatched to the scene also came under attack,” Mohammad said.

Media reports said dozens of attackers torched a university vehicle and drove away another one.

Dir is part of the Malakand Agency - eight districts where the government last month agreed to impose an Islamic system of justice after signing a peace agreement with firebrand cleric Sufi Mohammad.

Although the pact was widely hailed in Pakistan, it sparked concerns among Western nations that the deal could backfire, as seen in other areas of the militancy-plagued tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

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