FAISALABAD: Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for killing three police personnel in Faisalabad, police said on Saturday.
On Friday, two terrorists riding a motorcycle opened fire on three policemen of Punjab Highway Police Patrol, including an assistant sub inspector (ASI), killing them near Merawala Bangla.
Talking to The Express Tribune, a police investigator said they had seized as many as 40 pamphlets of IS, also known as Da’ish, from the site of the incident, claiming the responsibility for the deadly attack. They also threatened to carry out more attacks on the law enforcement agencies.
However, on February 13 Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reiterated that Islamic State had no presence in Pakistan, saying terror organisations already functioning in the country are using the outfit’s name to further their activities.
The pamphlets were thrown by the assailants on the scene after committing the crime, the official added.
Besides police, other law enforcement agencies have also initiated investigation relating to the findings in order to find clues to the involvement of the terrorist organisation.
Further, another investigator said the inquiry was being conducted of any traces of Islamic State and their possible links with any other religious organisations.
The deceased were identified as ASI Imran Liaquat, constable Rafaqat and driver Ishaq who were deputed at the Borewal check post.
A case of the killings was registered on the request of Borewal police under various provisions of law.
On February 17, two police personnel were also killed in Iqbal Town of Lahore as they were fired upon by motorcycle riding terrorists during their duty at a security check post.