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UPDATE: Six militants killed in attack on police station in Pakistan's Bannu
Publication Date : 14-02-2013
Six militants believed to be suicide bombers have been killed and one policemen injured as security forces countered a huge attack by militants on the Maryan police station in the Frontier Regions of Bannu in Pakistan in the wee hours of Thursday.
District Police Officer Nisar Tanoli said that the attack on the Maryan Police station has been successfully countered and six militants killed.
He said that five suicide bombers have been killed by security forces during the encounter while the sixth blew himself up when he was holed up inside the police station.
About the loss on the police side, Tanoli said only one policeman has been injured in the incident and there has been slight damage to the police station’s walls.
The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide mission on the Maryan police station.
TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan speaking to Dawn.com said that their fighters have attacked the police station, but as the operation is still continuing, they would not disclose the number of fighters, adding, “Yes, they are all suicide bombers and will fight till martyrdom.”
He said this attack has been launched to avenge the killings of their fighters in custody and the unholy disposal of their bodies.
He said the number of attackers is not as high as claimed by the security agencies but agreed that they had inflicted major damage.
Official sources and intelligence officials said that the militants fired rockets and stormed into the police station, which led to a gun battle between security forces and the attackers.
During the gun battle, security forces claim to have killed at least six suicide bombers while intelligence sources say the militants blew themselves up causing huge damage inside the station.
Though the exact number of attackers is yet to be ascertained, as the gun battle is still ongoing, initial reports have them at about five or six in number.
Another security official claimed that two suicide bombers were blown to pieces as the security forces on duty shot at them.
Reinforcements have also been called in and both police and the paramilitary troops have taken positions.
Following the escape of convicts from the Bannu Jail last year the militants had again launched a coordinated attack on another police station in Bannu, a bordering town in the north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province with North Waziristan Agency, believed to be a haven for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
In another attack, the militants launched a rocket attack on a security checkpost near the Gurgur Gas oil field, escaping after the security forces repulsed the attack.