[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Deadly attack on Pakistan police station

At least eight dead, including three policemen, in alleged suicide attack on police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa state.
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 10:34
Two of the attackers blew themselves up during the clashes but a third managed to escape [Reuters]

At least eight people have been killed, including three policemen, in a suicide attack on a police station in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, officials say.

The attackers heavily armed with suicide vests, guns, grenades and rockets raided the police station in Kaki, 13km southwest of Bannu town, shortly after morning prayers.

Police said the attack, which lasted around an hour, damaged the police station, a nearby mosque, house and three shops.

Two of them blew themselves up during the clashes but a third managed to escape.

"Three militants attacked the Kaki police station. They killed three policemen and two civilians," Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said on Monday.

Hospital officials said another civilian later died of his injuries.

'Revenge attack'

Pakistan's umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban faction claimed responsibility, saying the attack was to avenge the killing by police of a nephew of its founder, warlord Baitullah Mehsud who was himself killed in a US drone attack in 2009.

"We will continue such attacks against this secular government," spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed to AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Mehsud's nephew, himself a Taliban commander, was shot dead by police in Bannu last month, local police said.

The Pakistani Taliban frequently target security forces with bomb and gun attacks as part of a five-year insurgency concentrated in the northwest.

Bannu lies close to North Waziristan, the most infamous bastion of anti-government armed group in Pakistan that US officials say is used as a launchpad for attacks in Afghanistan. US drones target fighters there.

254

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list