And you thought your dentist’s waiting room was awkward. The next question: how did the gunmen know when and where to strike? “Pakistan: Three policemen killed as captured ‘Taliban commander’ escapes,” from AdnKronos International, August 12:
Peshawar, 12 August (AK/DAWN) – Gunmen on Friday ambushed police accompanying terror suspects to dental treatment on a northwestern university campus, killing three officers and driving off with the detainees, police said. The detainees included a Taliban commander.
The attack happened at the University of Peshawar where police had taken the detainees from the northwestern city”s central jail.
“They were taken to hospital for a dental check-up. The gunmen fired at them when they returned from the hospital,” Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf said.
“The prisoners were arrested under terrorism charges. The gunmen came on two motorcycles and a car, and escaped with them after killing three policemen and injuring one,” said police official Mohammed Ijaz.
Peshawar, a metropolis of 2.5 million people has repeatedly been targeted by Taliban insurgents. It borders Pakistan’s tribal belt that the United States calls the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda.