Suicide attack foiled in Pakistan; 15 injured

Pakistani police Monday averted a suicide attack in the country`s restive northwest while three militants were gunned down in a clash in Swat district, security officials said.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 15:52 PM IST

Islamabad/Peshawar: Pakistani police Monday averted a suicide attack in the country`s restive northwest while three militants were gunned down in a clash in Swat district, security officials said.

An explosives-laden vehicle blew up when police fired
at it in Lakki Marwat in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province this
morning. The would-be suicide bomber was killed and 15 people
were injured.

Following reports that a suicide bomber in a pick-up
truck would target key installations in Lakki Marwat, police
were put on alert this morning. They set up road blocks and
began checking all vehicles.

When a pick-up truck did not stop at a road block,
policemen opened fire at it. The vehicle blew up, killing the
would-be bomber and destroying six houses.

Eight women and four children were among the 15 people
injured by the rubble. The blast created a four-foot-deep
crater. Security forces cordoned off the area and closed key roads.
In a separate development, three militants were killed
in a gun battle with security forces at Shagai in Matta
sub-division of Swat district.

The members of a local defence committee had pointed
out the militants to the security forces, security officials
said.
Three AK-47s and five grenades were found in the
possession of the dead militants, they said.

Bureau Report