May 7th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

4 police officers killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Four police officers were killed Friday morning when militants attacked their checkpoint in northern Pakistan, authorities said.

Several armed militants opened fire about 5 a.m. at the checkpoint in Ghazi Kot, said Abid Ali, a Mansehra district police official. One police officer was severely injured.

"Terrorists who don't want peace in this area did this cowardly act," Ali said. "Terrorists don't know that these kind of acts can't demoralize us."

Ghazi Kot is 44 miles (70 km) north of Islamabad and near the Afghanistan border.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report

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  1. Leena Buchberger

    Thanks for the interesting posts guys, have been following your blog for the past few months while trying to lose weight for my wedding on the Cambridge diet and it's going really great. I've lost about 25 lbs in the past few months and this site has really inspired me to keep going. Great job.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Hey microcosm nobody here mentioned hatred for any group or religion except cjygudwin as he/she quoted the Koran and when terror comes to your doorstep I hope and pray God is with you.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a microcosm of the world

    Wow, all the ugliness and discord and STUPIDITY of the silly humans is displayed in these comments......sounds like a song....
    Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants
    And the Hindus hate the Moslems
    And everybody hates the Jews
    Have a NICE DAY

    May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    And both the Jews and Muslims believe that the messiah has not yet come.

    May 10, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    @ Daniel-2, No they do not believe in the same God because Christians believe in the trinity God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yes they are one!

    May 10, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Seth

    The truth about radical islam as reported by CNN.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. logan

    I dont know why CNN allows comments on war related articles, its never, ever constructive and basically pointless because 99% of the comments are garbage

    May 10, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jerry

    Daniel-2 What is better about this, how do you justify the murder of the policemen?
    This alone justifies the drone attacks.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel-2

    @Dan in Lafayette,IN. Islam is not anti-Christian but they simply believe that Christiaity was a mere shadow of a better religion to come namely Islam like Judaism merely foreshadowed Christianity.After all,the Jews,the Christians and the Moslims all believe in the same God.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    After reading the verses from the Koran it reaffirms my belief that Islam is anti-Christian and the anti-Christ will come from the Islamic religion!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. cjygudwin

    Directly from the Koran on the subject of non-muslims:

    Qur'an:8:39 "Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah."

    Qur'an:8:12 "I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle."

    Qur'an:8:67 "It is not fitting for any prophet to have prisoners until he has made a great slaughter in the land."

    Qur'an:33:26 "Allah made the Jews leave their homes by terrorizing them so that you killed some and made many captive. And He made you inherit their lands, their homes, and their wealth. He gave you a country you had not traversed before."

    Qur'an:8:7 "Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: 'Wipe the infidels out to the last.'"

    Qur'an:8:39 "So, fight them till all opposition ends and the only religion is Islam"

    May 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan in Lafayette,IN


    May 9, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Why cant Hamed and Hans respond to the remarks made by us Americans? Could it be we hit a raw nerve/? Are Arabs less sensitive to the destructive and deadly targets of the Jews? If Islam was a loving religion they would protest against the extremists who wish death on the Jews and the western world! It seems to me that Islam is headed toward a collision course with the rest of the world who want love and peace for all people! God's judgment awaits all racist people who wish the death of any people!

    May 9, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Air Force Guy

    So you would rather us have human lives sacrificed in a human-operated vehicle. Lets risk lives and not use technology to spare a life. Its not like we take these drones and go blow up random populated villages and marketplaces to take innocent lives. Why don't you leave that comment to yourself?

    May 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bubba2

    .... if you do you might want to either leave or hide.

    May 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. bubba2

    Hamed, you don't live in the US do you?

    May 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Seth

    Hans, how am I the one that's delusional and misinformed??? It sounds like you agree with Hamed. He spouts genocide not only of the Jews but the Pakistanis as well. That's not delusional? Go find a mirror. By the way, India and Pakistan were established based on the Islamic Religion, not Israel. I wonder what would become of the Palestinians if they took the money to build schools, an infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer, schools and become a land everyone would admire. But no, lets buy more rockets and send them over to Israel. Then they cry foul when the Israeli army trys to protect themselves.
    Hans, your misinformed read this: Amount of U.S. oil consumption that comes from the Middle East: 2 mbd - 12 percent, only three percent from Iraq and Kuwait. The rest of our imported oil comes from places like Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Nigeria, Algeria, Ecuador, and England.(1)
    (1) (Donella H. Meadows is an adjunct professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College.)
    Enough said.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Hans, I think the Arabs in the middle-east are uncaring, unloving and hateful people because the way they treat the Jews. You Arabs have vast amounts of land and the Jews who were promised the land they occupy have very little land in comparison but many of you think that they should not live anywhere in the middle-east and should be pushed back into the sea. How racist and unloving can you be when they were killed in the millions by the Nazi's just a few years before they once again began the state of Israel. But you Arabs have been fighting them ever since.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Daniel-2

    Here we see more and more Taliban bashing by these right-wing fools.Don't they understand that by slaughtering their Moslim brothers with those ungodly drones along with civilians most notably the Nomads who live along the border regions will only breed more resentment and hatred and eventually inspire more young people to join the Taliban?

    May 8, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  20. InAfghanistan

    The Taliban are just a bunch of thugs. They don't believe in Islam they only believe in themselves. If they were true Muslims they would take their Jihad to other Muslim countries where they serve Alcohol and do things again Islam. They are just a band of losers.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jay

    4 more bites the dust. And still Pak will do exactly how much they are compensated by US.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. Learning

    Read "3 cups of tea" and wake up people.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |


    May 8, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  24. andre

    How can Onesmallvoice deny the atrocities of The Taliban and still divert the blame toward drones being used in combating The Taliban Animals?

    It is true hatred wil blind anyone that harbor in their hearts. Just like "Onesmallvoice"

    This kind of people you have to watch. They are the future terrorist. I can say, TALIBAN ARE ANIMALS. What you say .. Onesmallvoice ? Wake up dude.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  25. Daniel-2

    Those "cops" were not out to enforce justice or apprehend criminals,but to enforce the will of the West.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. kapechi

    But Islam is a "peaceful" religion. Now they're killing each other. What NUTS.

    May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. kwkkzyk

    In every war, both sides complain about the tactics and lack of morality on the other side.

    Both sides choose the tactics that best suit their assets and capabilities – it is called strategy. The Taliban and al Qaeda use terror because they cannot face US forces in pitched battle. The US uses drones because they have the capability and it is the most effective and lowest risk option.

    Before you turn up your nose at terrorism, don't forget that American revolutionaries murdered Torries for cooperating with the British. French resistance fighters murdered people who collaborated with the Nazis. Those were both terrorism.

    The bigger question is what is the cause you are fighting for. It is true that the US invaded Afghanistan and the Taliban is fighting for their country's freedom, but considering the Taliban was harboring a man who was responsible for murdering 3000 Americans, that seems pretty justified.

    Furthermore, the Taliban is a disgraceful regime. They defaced cultural artifacts, punish their people for crimes like laughing and singing, persecute half of their people for the crime of being female... the Taliban are a blight against the Afghan people and humanity itself.

    May 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bubba

    And now my REAL message: don't shoot the cops, you fricken morons. Can't you tell uniforms apart? Attacking soldiers is at least fair . . .

    May 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bubba

    Hans, it was probably a mistake to put the Jewish Homeland in the middle East, but it's done and can't be undone. I know a lot of people live in a dreamworld in which Israel could be defeated without a nuclear exchange, but it won't happen; they have their backs to the wall and are not joking. The only way out of that mess is gradual and actual peace and a stop to aggression by both Israel and her enemies, and that ain't gonna happen either. So why bother trolling at us about it? Seth, I feel that ordinary people have more real impact than dictators and ayatollahs. Stop the anger and craziness locally before it goes national.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Steven

    Forty years ago, the VietCong weren't as technologically-sophisticated as the Taliban are today, and they still beat America's modern, scientifically-advanced army of the time. If history has taught us something, it's that technology doesn't win wars.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Bubba

    So, what exactly is your plan, onesmallthing? Besides herbal 'thing' enlargers, I mean? Everybody fight barehanded and naked? Send angry emails instead of showing up? Call Mom and have sort it out for you again? Really, what would you do if you were on the spot, surrender at once? Paintball guns for everyone, yay? Next time try it like this: "I think drones are a coward's weapon, and I think instead we should _______." Or maybe this: "If I had a drone, I would shoot ____ holes in Hamed." Think it over and maybe post again with something less trollish? Sorry about your thing, too.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chuckster

    When fighting a war on Terror Technology is key in winning with the least amount of collateral damage at all. People need to remember that Terrorists do not care about collateral damage, they kill indiscriminately innocent men, women and children. They don't even have an idea of what their targets look like, they just push the button. Would everyone like it better if we just throw our technology away and go back to the cave man days of battle???? If you really think so then you should be the first to lead the charge!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Hans

    I think Hamid is basically correct in indicting the jews and their counterpart the usa for fomenting discord due to their military incursions and threats in the region. Seth is delusional and misinformed in not understanding the cause and effect of capitalist desires to covet oil and natural gas markets in those areas where conflict reigns today. The Taliban are religious freedom fighters trying to rid their country of greedy american interests in their natural resourses. America is willing to pay everybody off to secure these valuable assets while americans at home suffer jobs loses and financial ruin.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Steven

    I noticed that nobody reacted to onesmallvoice's criticism of drones–are they or are they NOT cowardly? Are they or are they NOT inaccurate–killing civilians ("collateral damage") as well as "terrorists"? Is there a better way to fight a war? Sure, don't fight one at all.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Chuckster

    Hey, One small pudd, Go outside and look up in the air??? Can you hear it coming?????

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Seth Garvin

    I believe that the entire worlds problems are because of people like Hamed. Extemist views rather than trying to coexist. Hitler, Pol Pot, Sadam Hussein, etc all had extremist views and committed genocide not only based on religion, but race, some killing their own people for absolute power. You Hamed are no better, even if you never picked up the sword to injure and kill another human being.
    I for one will defend the United States of America and ALL it's people living near or far to live in peace from people like you.
    If you are so unhappy with the world in which we live then try prozac or try to make a difference instead of spewing foul remarks. There is third way, but I won't mention it here. I guess it's always easier to blame another or its race for YOUR problems rather than looking at the man in the mirror and changing that view. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. hippies_smell_like_roquefort

    I bet onesmallvoice also thinks the Taliban poisons little girls trying to get an education because they are just misunderstood nice-guys. I hear lots of moaning from retreatniks about drones, why are they so concerned? They are a great tool, will put the fear of Allah in a fella, and if one gets shot down an American doesn't die, he can reboot and keep zapping baddies all afternoonl while drinking a diet coke.

    Anyway, my sincere respect to these cops who lost their lives fighting these dogs.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ralph

    smallvoice see how long you can last in afganistan or iraq waving an american flag telling them you want everyone to ply nice.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Rock

    Ha -Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-MED!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hamed

    I beleive that the entire word prolem lies on the Israel, Jews are like the AIDS virus should be destroyed for sake of human race. Only two country in the world was established base on releigion one is Pakistan and the other one is Zionist who cry what Hitler did to them and now they do the same to poor Palastenians. Jews and Pakistanis should be eleminated in order to see peace in the world.

    May 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. soldier

    small voice. I have an idea !!Get yourselt a weapon and a flag and you can lead the next charge !!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  42. Iraq Paramedic

    Well if it ain't the little pud puller Onesmallvoice. Lets see; the Taliban use IEDs, suicide bombers & they kill thousands of innocent people for nothing. So go ahead kid tell us what you would do, boy!
    Now then, if the Pakistani police & army don't start cracking down for real on these thugs they are gona get their butts kicked. Of course the ISI developed & financed most of the Taliban they are now fighting, sort of daja vuew.
    If anybody wants the real story just read Ezekiel chapters 38-39 & Revalations chapters 5-22 ( John's vision).
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  43. Onesmallvoice

    Here's more of that bla-bla-bla from the Pakistani military about how cowardly the Taliban are and the Taliban won't "intimidate" them.Whats more cowardly than to fight a war using those ungodly drones fron the safety of some office building hundreds of miles away???

    May 7, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |