Suicide bombs kill 5 at Pakistan police station: officials

December 10, 2012 - 9:26:13 am
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Suicide bombers killed five people Monday in an attack on a Pakistani police station near the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, officials said.


Two bombers blew themselves up outside the police station at Kaki, 13 kilometres (eight miles) southwest of the town of Bannu, the officials said.


"Three militants attacked the Kaki police station. They killed three policemen and two civilians," the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, told AFP.


A senior police official, Nisar Tanoli, confirmed the attack and the toll.


"One suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the police station and killed three policemen. The other bomber tried to enter the police station from a mosque at the back. He blew himself up there, killing two civilians," he said.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban have frequently targeted security forces with bomb and gun attacks as part of a five-year insurgency concentrated in the northwest.


Bannu is close to Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal district of North Waziristan, the most infamous militant bastion on the Afghan border that US officials say is used as  launchpad for attacks in Afghanistan. (AFP)