Cop dead, scores hurt in Hangu attack

Cop dead, scores hurt in Hangu attack

hunguHANGU: A militant attack on a police station left one cop dead and scores injured here on Sunday night,

“A number of heavily armed men stormed Tal Police Station early Monday morning. The attackers, before they could be repelled, succeeded in dealing a deadly blow”, an official told Samaa.

A spokesman for the Ansar-ul-Mujahideen militant group, which is based in the tribal districts but not affiliated with the Taliban,  has taken credit for the attack.

“A suicide bomber was killed in the counterattack, while rest of the retreating attackers headed for the hills”, a security official told Samaa.

Earlier, three paramilitary soldiers were killed when the militants of the same group launched a rocket attack on a mountain fort in Pakistan’s troubled northwest early Sunday, security officials said.

The midnight attack took place in the Spinwam area of North Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, where the military launched a major offensive against the Taliban and other insurgents in June.

Officials said both military and paramilitary troops were inside the well-protected fort at the time.

“An unknown number of militants started firing rocket-propelled grenades from all sides. Three FC (Frontier Corps) men embraced martyrdom when one of the rockets landed inside the fort,” an official in Peshawar said.

An intelligence official confirmed the attack and the casualties.

Ansar-ul-Mujahideen later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“We claim responsibility for this attack, this was to avenge the military operation in North Waziristan,” he told AFP.

“We had carried out many such attacks on the Pakistan military but the media is not reporting it,” he said.

Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan after a bloody raid on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks with the rebels.

North Waziristan has become a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban), which rose up against the state in 2007. The United States has long called for action in the area against militant groups targeting NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s army says it has killed more than 900 militants and lost 82 soldiers since the start of the operation.

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