Four police personnel were martyred and two others were wounded when unidentified motorcyclists ambushed the motorcade of Tank tehsil chairman Saddam Hussain Betani in the Kandian area of the district.
Police said that attackers opened indiscriminate fire on Mr Betani motorcade, when he was headed to Dera Ismail Khan district after visiting the flood affected Pai village of the district. The firing left four police personnel identified as Imran Khan, Barkatullah, Fazlaur and Rafiullah left dead. Dead and injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital Tank.
Mr Betani; however, escaped unhurt in the attack.
The critically wounded were later referred to the Dera Ismail Khan hospital for want of necessary facilities and doctors at the DHQ Tank.
Following the attacks, annocuments were made from area’s mosques for chaga or pursuit parties to haunt the attackers; however, they managed to escape the area in the cover of darkness.
Separately, security forces also launched a search operation in the area.
The funeral prayers of the martyred were offered at the District Police Officer office Tank and senior police and administration officials participated in the funeral prayers.
At this occasion, the officials offered Fateha for the departed souls and placed floral wreaths at their coffins.