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Three militants, policeman die in attack in Pakistan

Dawn/ANN | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

KOHAT- Three militants, a suicide bomber among them, and a policeman were killed in a fierce clash which followed an attack on a police station in Hangu district on Monday. And on Sunday night, two brothers of a police official were shot dead in their house in Dera Ismael Khan.

The Ansarul Mujahideen wing of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which operates in Hangu, Thall and Kohat, has claimed responsibility for the attack on Thall police station.

According to police, 30 to 40 militants using heavy weapons and grenades stormed the police station at about 5:45am. A policeman was killed and four others were injured.

Police fired back and a suicide bomber who had failed to enter the police station because of stiff police resistance blew himself up after having been injured.

The injured policemen - Umer Saeed, Mirjang, Abdul Hameed and Zahir Shah - were admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital in Hangu.

The body of the slain policeman, Sabir Nawaz of Karak, was sent to his native town where he was buried in his ancestral graveyard.

Sources said the injured policemen had been hit by splinters of grenades lobbed by the attackers.

While chasing the militants, police spotted another suicide bomber but he jumped into a vehicle and escaped with his accomplices, DSP Falak Nawaz Khan said.

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