3 dead in Pakistan police station attack
24 February 2012, 11:36
Pakistan - Suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and grenades
attacked a police station in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar
early on Friday, killing three officers in an assault authorities said
was likely in revenge for offensives against nearby strongholds.
attack was the latest in a spasm of violence in or close to Peshawar,
showing that local militants retain the capacity to strike. The army has
claimed success in its fight against militants behind five years of
violence in the country, but the insurgents have proved resilient.
has been a frequent target of militant attacks over the last few years,
but most have been bomb blasts, not co-ordinated assaults in the centre
of the city such as Friday's attack.
City police chief Imtiaz
Altaf said three militants entered the compound after attacking the main
gate, then blew themselves up when police returned fire, he said.
"They wanted to occupy this police station, but they failed," he told reporters
He said the attack was likely in revenge for ongoing military offensives in the region.
On Thursday, a car bomb killed 12 people at an outdoor minibus terminal in Peshawar.
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