Peshawar: 2 officers killed in attack on police station
PESHAWAR: Militants armed with rockets and grenades attacked a police station before dawn on Wednesday, killing two officers and wounding seven others, police said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault in Darbaan Kalan, west of Dera Ismail Khan, a flashpoint for sectarian violence in the northwest, and denied they were in peace talks with the government.
“They killed two policemen and injured seven others,” district police officer Sohail Khaliq told AFP. “There were around 10-12 militants, who came in vehicles and used grenades, rockets and firing during the attack. They fled in the same vehicles when police resisted.”
Niaz Ahmed, duty officer at the targeted station, confirmed the attack. “We accept the responsibility of the attack on a police station in Dera Ismail Khan (district),” the TTP’s main spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told AFP.
“We are not talking to the government and will not be part of any dialogue with the government. This is a clear message for those who are thinking that we are involved in negotiations.”
Local media reported that at least six rockets were fired and four hand grenades were hurled inside the police station, causing serious damage to the police station.
More police contingents were called out to fight with the militants who took advantage of the darkness to launch the attack, said Khaliq, adding that police and militants exchanged fire for nearly two hours before the militants fled the scene.