At least 10 policemen including an SHO embraced martyrdom and 12 others sustained injuries when security forces mounted an operation to rescue hostages taken by a group of militants who stormed a police station at Kolachi tehsil in Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday.
At about 5:30 pm five to six militants, some of them wearing burqas, reportedly entered the City police station in Kolachi tehsil and took control of it after firing indiscriminately and lobbing grenades at guards. Wearing suicide vests, the militants took hostage about 20 policemen inside the building. Three attackers wearing suicide vests positioned themselves at strategic points in the police station.
To rescue policemen and free the building from the militants, about 100 police, elite force personnel and other law enforcement agencies’ jawans surrounded the police station and exchanged heavy fire with the militants. Militants started firing on police and took positions on rooftop.
12 policemen received bullet injuries during exchange of fire and were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital, Dera ismail Khan. Three blasts were also heard inside Kolachi Police Station during exchange of firing as a result of which fire broke out in the building.
A group of policemen entered the police station in an armoured vehicle to eliminate the militants. Eyewitnesses said they heard three explosions when suicide bombers blew themselves up at the police station. Resultantly the APC was also destroyed.
Police also cordoned off the whole area and closed all the ways leading to the police stations with a view to foil any attempt by the militants to escape as the night was approaching.
At about 7:00 pm, police equipped with APC entered the police station and killed two more suicide bombers and recovered bodies of other militants killed in the operation. During the operation at least 10 policemen including an SHO Alawal Khan and an SI Habibur Rehman embraced Shahadat and 12 others sustained injuries. After explosions building of the police station, record, weapons and APC caught fire and gutted.