AIG Headquarters Ashraf Noor martyred in Peshawar blast

Abdul Majeed—AFP

AIG Ashraf Noor belongs to Gilgit Baltistan and joined the police force in 1989.

The blast was so powerful that the windowpanes of the passing vehicles also broke and the nearby trees caught fire.

Having become the prime target of terrorists, the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel continue to tender sacrifices as one more suicide attack took the lives of Additional Inspector General (AIG) Headquarters Muhammad Ashraf Noor along with two other people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Capital on Friday morning.

Local police official Zaman Khan said three others were wounded in the explosion, which sent a plume of dark smoke rising above Peshawar's Hayatabad area. The blast may have been suicide blast, police sources said.

The CCPO confirmed the death of the AIG and added that at least six policemen were injured and shifted to the Hayatabad Medical Complex.

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Rescue and security officials reached the scene of the incident and cordoned off the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The prime minister said that dastardly acts of the militants can not deter our LEAs and the nation in taking the fight to its logical conclusion.

Pakistan has been battling the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of armed right-wing groups mainly based in the country's tribal areas, and its allies since 2007.

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