Islamabad, March 11 (IANS) Gunmen shot dead a senior military officer in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday in a terror attack, officials said.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility shortly after the incident.

The military said Lt. Col. Tariq Ghafoor was killed in firing by unidentified assailants after the Friday prayers near Ring Road locality of Peshawar.

“The officer was posted in Peshawar and was pursuing post-graduate studies at a government university,” an army statement said.