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6 Pakistani policemen die in Taliban attack

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 15, IRNA -- A senior police officer was among six security personnel who have been killed in a Taliban attack on a check post in outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, police said Monday.

A police officer said the armed men launched the attack on two security check posts at a Mattani area near Peshawar late Sunday night.

Superintendent of Police Khurshid Khan, who had conducted several successful operations against the militants, was among the slain security officials.

Militants equipped with rockets and heavy machineguns, fired shots at the Mattani Police Station in a surprise attack on the Ghaziabad and Frontier Road check posts.

Despite being short of ammunition and heavily outnumbered, police and the tribal militia Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel retaliated with gun fire which continued for almost 45 minutes.

Militants had occupied the high ground around the check posts and fired from there.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Fazal-e-Mula said that Khurshid Khan had reached the spot after the attack and was leading his men when he was hit by machine gun fire. His gunman was also among the dead.

Militants over ran the Ghaziabad check post building and torched it completely, also killing several personnel at the check post.

The injured comprised of seven FC personnel and three policemen. They were shifted to Lady Reading Hospita.

Fazal-e-Mula added that dozens of militants were involved in the attack and a search operation had been initiated for militants, still hiding in the dark.

This was the second such attack in the past 12 hours. Earlier in the morning an FC constable was killed in a sniper attack in Badabher area near Peshawar.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80372234



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