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Pakistan: 7 customs officials killed in deadly attack despite tight security arrangements for elections

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks since Thursday, which police said they were investigating. A senior police officer said that the "Customs officials were present for checks... when unknown persons opened fire".

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Islamabad Updated on: April 21, 2024 15:35 IST
Paksitan customs officials killed
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As Pakistan by-elections are currently underway amid tight security, unknown gunmen killed two customs officers in western Pakistan on Sunday. The killing of officials came as five other customs officials were killed in the area in recent days.

No group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks since Thursday, which police said they were investigating. Security in regions of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan has deteriorated in recent years. Attacks, some claimed by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) Islamist militant group, have risen, mostly targeting police and security officials.

Customs officials were present for checks when they were attacked 

"Customs officials were present for checks... when unknown persons opened fire," said the district deputy superintendent of police, Muhammad Adnan, adding that two people were injured and the area on a busy highway had been cordoned off.

"Three days ago, five officials, including an officer, of the customs department, were killed in a shooting in the same area and the attackers escaped," he said. The rise in attacks has escalated tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan's ruling Taliban administration.

Pakistan, saying militants have been using Afghan territory to launch attacks, has called on the Taliban to take action and carried out an airstrike last month on Afghan territory. The Taliban have denied allowing the use of Afghan soil for militancy and said Pakistan's security issues are a domestic issue for Islamabad.

(With inputs from agency)

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