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  • Rescue personnel inspect a vehicle damaged by a suicide bomber which killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work in Peshawar, Pakistan November 24, 2017.

    Rescue personnel inspect a vehicle damaged by a suicide bomber which killed a senior Pakistani police official on his way to work in Peshawar, Pakistan November 24, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 November 2017
Opinion

A top Pakistani police official has been reported killed in Pakistan near the Afghan border, a region littered with jihadist militants.

According to Pakistani officials, a top police official and his guard were killed in a suicide bombing after a motorcycle carrying explosives crashed into his vehicle.

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Peshawar city police chief Tahir Khan indicated that the official, an additional Inspector General named Ashraf Noor, had left his home for work when his vehicle was struck by the attacker.

The blast from the bombing killed Noor at the scene while one of his five bodyguards later succumbed to injuries after being taken to a hospital.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi quickly condemned the act of terror in a statement:

“Our resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism can not be shaken,” he said.

The city of Peshawar lies in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is situated near the Afghan border.

The area is a hotbed for jihadist militants, including an Islamic State group affiliate and the Pakistani Taliban, who have used the largely unsupervised stretch of land to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Several other police officials have been attacked in Pakistan in recent months.

In early November, senior police official Hamid Shakil was killed by an improvised roadside bomb that targeted his vehicle in Quetta, a city in the country’s southwest region.

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Also in the city of Quetta, seven police were killed and 22 more were injured in a roadside bombing in October.

The Pakistani military has been at war with several armed jihadist groups in the country, as well as Baloch separatists, who have reportedly killed several hundred military personnel since 2007.

Despite these figures, violence and terrorist attacks have become less frequent as the Pakistani military has seen success in its fight.

The militant groups themselves, according to military figures, have suffered thousands of casualties as a result of the fighting.

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