Terror attack on Pak Army training centre foiled, five killed

Pak security forces foiled a terrorist assault on an Army training centre by gunning down five attackers.

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 18:41 PM IST

Peshawar/Islamabad: Pakistani security
forces on Tuesday foiled a terrorist assault on an army training
centre in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,
gunning down five attackers, including three suicide bombers.

Guards at the Punjab Regimental Centre in Mardan,
located 60-km northeast of provincial capital Peshawar, took
prompt action when they spotted seven militants trying to
storm the training facility at 5 A.M.

Three suicide bombers detonated their explosives when
the guards fired at the attackers, the military said in a
statement.

The four other attackers provided covering fire to
the suicide bombers from nearby buildings.

Two of them were killed in an exchange of fire that
continued for some time.

Security forces later launched a cordon and search
operation to apprehend the two remaining attackers.

Four soldiers sustained minor injuries in the gun
battle, the statement said. The injured soldiers were taken to
a military hospital in Mardan.

Earlier reports said only three suicide bombers were
involved in the attack.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. The
government blames the Taliban for such attacks.

The body parts of the attackers were collected and
sent for DNA tests to establish their identity, said Deputy
Inspector General of Police Akhtar Ali Shah.

The attackers clambered over the wall around the army
base and were then spotted by guards, he said.

The attackers had about 24 kg of explosives in their
suicide jackets. Police had found an identity card which could
help identify the men, Shah said.

Taliban militants had been active in Mardan, the
second largest city in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, since last year but
they were weakened as a result of the army operation in the
nearby Swat valley.

In May last year, a suicide bomber targeted the Mardan
army base`s market and killed at least 13 people, including
four soldiers.

This was the second terrorist attack in Mardan as
three persons were killed in a car bombing in April last year.

The army has declared victory in the offensive against
militants in the northwest but today’s attack showed that
their network in the region is still intact.

PTI