Saturday, September 26, 2009

Five killed in suicide attack on murtadeen in Bannu

Five killed in suicide attack in Bannu

Saturday, 26 Sep, 2009

BANNU: At least five people were killed and 50 wounded in a suicide attack at a police station in Bannu, police and witnesses said, DawnNews reports.

The bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in front of the police station on the outskirts of Bannu, destroying the building and several nearby houses.

‘I myself have seen five dead bodies,’ Mohammad Zahid, a witness at the scene, told Reuters.

Mohammad Fareed, a deputy superintendent, said 24 policemen and 17 civilians, including women and children, were wounded.

Bannu is gateway to North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region on the Afghan border and a major sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants fighting both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Twelve Afghan militants were killed in a missile strike by a US drone aircraft near the house of an Afghan Taliban commander allied to Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan late on Thursday night.

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a similar missile strike in neighbouring South Waziristan tribal region last month.

Pakistani forces have also made significant gains against the militants after they launched an offensive in northwestern Swat valley in late April, which helped allay international fears about the stability of the nuclear-armed US ally after militants made advances towards the capital, Islamabad.

Militant attacks have tapered off after Mehsud’s death but security officials say militants loyal to Al-Qaeda still pose a serious threat.

Thirty-three people were killed in a car-bomb suicide attack near the garrison town of Kohat this month.


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