Press Esc to close
Friday 30 January 2015
News updated at 10:14 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

21 killed in Pak terror strikes

Islamabad, Feb 14, 2013, (PTI) :

Tehrik-e-Taliban blamed

In a series of terror attacks targeting security forces, at least 21 people, including six militants and five security personnel, were killed and over 40 injured in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Thursday.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden pick-up truck into a check post manned by policemen and Frontier Corps personnel in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Eleven people, including five security personnel and two children, were killed in the attack, officials said. Twenty-three injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. The blast created an eight-foot crater and the check post was destroyed.

Authorities imposed curfew after the blast and additional security forces were sent to the area. The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier in the day, three persons were killed and nine more injured when a van was targeted with an improvised explosive device at Hasanzai Bazar in Orakzai Agency, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors described the condition of some victims as critical. In yet another attack in Hasanzai Bazar, a bus carrying members of an anti-Taliban militia was targeted with a roadside bomb. The explosion killed seven persons and injured 13, officials said.

The members of the pro-government militia belonged to Khyber tribal region, which has witnessed intense fighting between rival militant factions in recent weeks. The militia members were on their way to a meeting. No group claimed responsibility for the two attacks in Orakzai Agency. The three terror attacks came hours after security forces repulsed a suicide attack on a police station at Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Six militants, including suicide bombers, were killed in the attack and a policeman was injured. The militants launched their assault at 6.30 am, triggering a fierce gun battle that continued for about 90 minutes.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attack on the police station, saying it was carried out in retaliation for the killing of eight militants in the tribal belt.

On Wednesday Interior Minister Rehman Malik called on the Taliban to announce a month-long truce to pave the way for peace talks which the militants offered earlier this month.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A groom leads his horse in the equine pool after working out on the track, during early morning...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

A handler bathes a horse after a training session ahead of the Indian Derby in Mumbai...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

Ladakhi women offering prayers during the inauguration of traditional Buddhist prayer...

A Police man takes pictures as the Raisina Hill which houses India's most important ministries...

A Police man takes pictures as the Raisina Hill which houses India's most important ministries...

A man walks on a snow covered path after in Srinagar on Thursday. Temperatures drop due...

A man walks on a snow covered path after in Srinagar on Thursday. Temperatures drop due...

A scene after light snow fall at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday...

A scene after light snow fall at Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday...

Migratory seagulls are seen above the river Ganga during Magh Mela in Allahabad...

Migratory seagulls are seen above the river Ganga during Magh Mela in Allahabad...

President Pranab Mukherjee leaving for Beating Retreat ceremony from forecourt...

President Pranab Mukherjee leaving for Beating Retreat ceremony from forecourt...

School children perform during presentation of National Bal Shree Honour 2011 & 2012...

School children perform during presentation of National Bal Shree Honour 2011 & 2012...

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor during inauguration of International Bicycle & Fitness Expo...

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor during inauguration of International Bicycle & Fitness Expo...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523