Islamabad -Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Tuesday warned of more terrorism-related incidents in the federal capital after a policeman was shot dead and two others were injured at a check-point.
The Monday night gun battle, in which two militants were also shot dead, started when two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a police check-point in the vicinity of the Karachi Company police station.
اسلام آباد پولیس کے شہید کانسٹیبل کی نماز جنازہ میں شرکت کے بعد میڈیا سے گفتگو۔
کل کراچی کمپنی کے پاس دہشتگردی کا واقع ہوا
ہیڈ کانسٹیبل منور ڈیوٹی پر موجود تھے فائرنگ سے شہید ہوئے
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (@ShkhRasheed) January 18, 2022
“This was not an incident of dacoity or theft. Terrorists opened fire on them [police officials]. This is a signal for us that terror incidents have started taking place in Islamabad,” he said while speaking to journalists after the martyred police official’s funeral prayers.
The interior minister said authorities needed to remain alert, as he noted the incident was “purely of terrorism”. Rasheed said the authorities had tracked down the “sleeper cell” of the terrorists through their motorcycle.
“Islamabad police and other forces are on alert.”
Shahid Zaman, a senior Islamabad Police official, also told AFP the incident was “an act of terrorism”.
The martyred police official has been identified as Head Constable Munawwar, while the injured include Amin and Rashid, a spokesperson for the police said.Funeral prayer of Police Officer Munawaar was offered in Police line. Sheikh Rasheed and a huge number of police officers offered funeral prayer. Islamabad IG Muhammad Ahsan Younas was also present.