Pakistani policeman and 2 gunmen killed in capital shooting

Pakistani police said two gunmen opened fire on officers manning a road checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and two assailants.

ISLAMABAD – Two gunmen opened fire on police officers manning a road checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and the two assailants, police said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and police are still investigating. Although militants often target security forces in Pakistan, such attacks in Islamabad are rare.

Last Friday, militants attacked a military post in the restive northwest bordering Afghanistan, sparking an intense gunfight that killed a Pakistani soldier. The Pakistani Taliban, emboldened since the Afghan Taliban took power in the neighboring country, claimed responsibility for the attack.