7 cops killed in Pakistan following calls for peace talks with terrorist groups

March 14, 2012 9:43 am 

ISLAMABAD, March 14 — At least seven policemen were killed in two separate incidents in Pakistan on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

Local Urdu TV channel Geo said that three policemen were killed in different areas of Karachi late on Tuesday night, but the report failed to give any details about the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday night, in Pakistan's eastern district of Gujrat, four policemen were killed by unknown gunmen.

The gunmen coming on two motorbikes opened fired at the police on duty near a railway intersection in the district, killing three policemen right on the spot, said local reports, adding that another injured cop died later in hospital.

Despite the obvious terrorist nature of the two incidents, no group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

Tuesday's attacks on local police came just one day after the country's top police chief, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, issued a call for peace talks with terrorist groups including the Taliban in the country.

The interior minister on Monday told local media that the government is willing to hold peace talks with banned terrorist groups including the Taliban in the country provided that they are willing to give up militancy and extremism.

The killing of seven cops in Pakistan on Tuesday could be a response made by some of the terrorist groups in the country to the Pakistani Interior Minister's call, said local watchers.

According to local media reports, there are an estimated 30 banned militant and terrorist outfits in the country. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg

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