PESHAWAR, Pakistan — About 100 militants ambushed a police station in a northwestern Pakistani city on Friday, shooting dead three officers, police say.
Another nine officers were wounded in the morning gunbattle in the Sarband neighborhood on the city's edge, said Saeed Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar city.
Police fought back and killed some of the militants, Khan said, but did not know how many. The militants took the dead bodies of their comrades with them, he said.
Sarband borders the Khyber tribal region, an area where many insurgents live. Khan said he did not know to which group the shooters belonged.
The Pakistani Taliban have carried out hundreds of attacks on the country's army and other security forces since 2007.
On Thursday, militants armed with guns and grenades killed four Pakistani soldiers in an ambush in the South Waziristan tribal area to the southwest of Peshawar.
The attacks come amid a deepening crisis between Pakistan's civilian government and the military, which could further destabilize the nuclear-armed country.