Monday, December 10, 2012

Eight killed as Taliban suicide bombers attack Pakistan police station

(Reuters) - Four Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing at least eight police and local residents, security officials said.
The Pakistan Taliban took responsibility for the attack near Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the border with Afghanistan, a hotbed of insurgency where attacks on security forces are common.

"Three suicide bombers blew themselves up, while one was shot by police before he could blow himself up," an intelligence source said.

A spokesman for the militant group said the bombing was revenge for the killing of the nephew of former leader Baitullah Mehsud last month. Baitullah died in a U.S. drone strike in 2009.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan | Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:00am GMT
(Reporting by Saud Mehsud in DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR, and Mehreen Zahra-Malik in ISLAMABAD; Writing by Randy Fabi; Editing by Nick Macfie)

*GRAPHIC IMAGE* - A civilian speaks on his mobile phone near the body of a suicide bomber on fire, close to a police station in Bannu December 10, 2012. (Reuters)


Updated :   Monday  December  10 , 2012  9:52:02 AM

Militants attacked Kakki police station, in south of Bannu on Monday, killing five persons including three policemen, while  the Station House Officer (SHO) and four other policemen were injured.

Three assailants attacked Kakki police stations, and a suicide bomber among them entered in the police building and detonated his explosives amid ceaseless firing by his two accomplices, DPO Waqar Ahmed told media. A terrorist was killed in police firing, while another escaped from the scene.

Three policemen and two civilians were killed and five policemen including the SHO were injured in attack.

The blast and firing also damaged nearby houses. Police and other forces cordoned off the area and rescue agencies were engaged in relief operation.

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