Militants attack police station in Bannu
BANNU: Militants dressed in burqas attacked a police station in Bannu district of Khyber–Pakhtunkhwa on Monday, injuring at least 10 policemen, Express News reported. It was earlier reported that two officials were killed in the attack. Tehreek–e–Taliban Pakistan’s spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the assault in a telephone call to AFP. One of the militants was arrested in the operation launched by security forces and police. Two militants, who refused to give in to the police, blew themselves up before they could be arrested.
The remaining militants continued the retaliation, while eight police officials who were held hostage by the militants were rescued by the police.
According to eye witness account, six militants had hurled hand grenades inside the building, resulting in two consecutive blasts.
The militants had then barged into the police station and had opened fire, killing the policemen.
The area was sealed by security forces and policemen who launched an operation in order to regain the hold of the police station. Elite Force personnel had also encircled the police station.
A heavy crossfire is underway between security personnel and the militants.
District Police Officer (DPO) Waqar Ahmed and Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Nisar Ahmad Tanoli are also present at the site.
“About five to seven militants have stormed an old police station building which is now being used by officials from special branch,” Ahmed said.
“An exchange of fire is continuing,” he added.
A curfew has been imposed in the city and the Army has sealed the exit points.
The injured were moved to District Headquarter Hospital.