Islamabad: In a brazen militant attack, Taliban attacked a police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincee in Bannu city on Monday killing six people, including three policemen.
The militants equipped with rocket, hand grenades and automatic weapons assaulted the police station where the battle between the militants and the cops went on for an hour.
The militants hurled grenades and opened fire, killing five people who had just offered prayers.
Three policemen and three civilians were killed in the attack, it was reported.
The civilians were coming out of a nearby mosque when they were shot by the militants. Eight people were wounded, including three policemen and five civilians.
Three militants were killed during the attack and one escaped.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to The Associated Press.
The city of Bannu has been targeted by militants repeatedly in the recent past as it serves as a gateway to the North Waziristan tribal area, the main sanctuary for Taliban and al Qaeda militants in Pakistan.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:21