Hardline Pakistan Taliban group claims police attack

A new hardline breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan`s restive northwest that killed one official.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 16, 2014, 12:25 PM IST

Islamabad: A new hardline breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on police in Pakistan`s restive northwest that killed one official.

Jamat ul Ahrar recently disassociated itself from the leadership of Maulana Fazlullah, pledging loyalty to brash young commander Omar Khalid Khorasani.

"We claim responsibility for the attack and want to make it clear that we would continue attacks in the future", Ehsan Ullah Ehsan, the group`s spokesman said in an emailed message to the media. 

He said one militant was killed in the fighting while another returned safely to a secure location.

Pakistan`s military is in the middle of a major ground offensive in the nearby North Waziristan tribal district, a major bastion for militant groups including the Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates.

The United States has long called for action in the area because it is used as a staging post to launch attacks on NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Pakistan`s army says it has killed more than a thousand militants and lost 86 soldiers since the start of the operation, though the numbers cannot be independently verified as journalists do not have regular access to the fighting zone.