Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Militants attack major power station in Pakistan, 7 killed

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (red), in Pakistan...
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (red), in Pakistan (pink). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to Pakistani police officials, at last seven people were killed after dozens of suspected militants attacked a major power station in northwest Pakistan with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

The biggest power station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was damaged following the attack, suspending electricity supply to half of the major city of Peshawar.

It served as a reminder that Pakistan’s leaders have failed to tackle a Taliban insurgency that remains potent despite a series of security crackdown amid the run-up to May 11th general elections.

“They attacked the power station at around 2:30 am (2130 GMT). They killed two officials on the spot and abducted 10 others,” Javed Khan, a senior police official in the area, told AFP.

“They threw five dead bodies of the kidnapped officials in the fields close to the power house on Monday morning. Five others are still missing,” Khan said.

The militants then killed five of the hostages as they were fleeing and were pursued by police, said Javed Khan. The bodies were found about a kilometre away from the grid station. Four of the abducted were still missing.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But Taliban militants waging a bloody insurgency against the government have staged scores of attacks against security officials, government personnel and civilians.

By Mirwais Adeel - 02 Apr 2013, 1:22 pm

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