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Two Police Gunned Down At Northwestern Pakistan Checkpoint

Two police officers were shot and killed by unidentified gunman in northwestern Pakistan, authorities said.

Officials said the attack took place in the Khyber tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on July 16.

Both slain police officers were on duty at a checkpoint in the Bara area of Khyber when gunmen riding motorbikes opened fire on them and fled, Zaheer Khan, the spokesman of Khyber district police, told Radio Mashaal.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The incident occurred two days after two religious scholars and local political leaders were killed in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal district in the latest in a wave of seemingly targeted attacks.

Earlier, on July 11, a roadside bomb killed one soldier and injured four others in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

There were no claims of responsibility for those attacks.

Attacks on security forces and civilians have recently increased in various parts of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

The incidents come amid a declared cease-fire by the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group as part of ongoing peace talks with the government.