PESHAWAR - Gunmen killed three personnel of Frontier Constabulary (FC) after opening fire on their vehicle at Patang Chowk here Wednesday morning.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations Abbas Majeed Marwat said the vehicle of the FC was approaching Patang Chowk from Ring Road when unidentified assailants opened fire at them killing three soldiers on the spot. He said the attackers escaped.

District Officer FC Ameer Badshah and two constables, Gul Rehman and Gul Rasool were moving towards headquarters as usual when their vehicle was attacked in the jurisdiction of police station.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Peshawar is the gateway to the restive tribal areas where the military has been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants for over a decade. Bodies were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital while forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident. According to a statement issued by PM Office, the prime minister paid tributes to the security officials who embraced martyrdom while performing the noblest cause of protecting their countrymen.

“The matchless sacrifices of our law enforcement agencies are meant for safeguarding Pakistan against the nefarious designs of the terrorists,” PM added.

“We as nation are mindful of the heavy prices we are paying, in terms of human losses in the war on terrorism, but we do not have any other option than fighting war of our survival with bravery and courage.”

He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable losses with patience.