5 Pakistani policemen die in suicide attack
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, May 25, IRNA -- A suicide bomber Wednesday rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a roadside police investigation center in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed five policemen, police said.
A police officer and doctors said that 27 policemen were also injured in the early morning attack.
Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which they said was aimed at taking revenge of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Senior Superintendent Police Operations, Ijaz Khan, said that most parts of the police investigation center collapsed after the attack, burying the policemen personnel under the rubble.
Khan said that several policemen are still trapped under the rubble of the collapsed police station on the University Road. He said 20 policemen were present inside the police station at the time of the attack.
Security forces blocked the main highway after the attack and only ambulances were allowed to transfer the injured to hospitals.
The police station is located in a sensitive military area and the US consulate is also situated near the center.
Taliban militants have stepped up attacks on security forces after the killing of al-Qaeda chief in a U.S. raid on May 2.
Taliban and al-Qaeda had declared revenge of Osama’s death and have launched several deadly attacks over the past few days.
A group of militants attacked one of Pakistan’s main naval base in Karachi on Sunday and killed navy 10 personnel.
Nearly 90 security men were killed in twin Taliban suicide bombings in the northwestern city of Shabqar earlier this month.
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