Ex-IGP of NAs, four guards killed in ambush
23 March 2005
The News International
Gilgit: Former inspector-general of police in the Northern Areas and his four guards were killed on Wednesday in an ambush by gunmen, who also wounded his son and daughter-in-law here on Wednesday, officials said. The unidentified gunmen attacked Sakhiullah Tareen, while he was driving to the Gilgit, an Interior Ministry official said. The guards were in a separate vehicle, which overturned after the driver was hit in the hail of bullets. The vehicle fell into a ditch, local officials said. It was not clear if the guards were shot or died in the crash. Tareen died in a Gilgit hospital where doctors were trying to save his son and daughter-in-law, the official said. 'It is a terrorist attack,' Minister for Northern Areas Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told AFP in Islamabad. He said security reinforcements were being sent to Gilgit. The Interior Ministry official said there appeared to be a sectarian motive behind the attack. 'It appears to be a sectarian murder. We have ordered investigations,' the official said. Tareen had been the police chief of the Northern Areas until he was posted out of the area just a few days ago.