Three killed as militants try to storm police complex

Three persons, including two policemen, were killed and 13 others injured when a group of four militants, some of them wearing suicide vests, tried to storm a police complex in northwest Pakistan Monday.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 15:57 PM IST

Peshawar: Three persons, including two
policemen, were killed and 13 others injured when a group of four militants, some of them wearing suicide vests, tried to
storm a police complex in northwest Pakistan Monday.

The militants drove up to the gate of the Police Lines
in Swabi town of Khyber-Paktunkhwa province at 9.15 am.

They fired indiscriminately when guards stopped them
and one militant blew himself up at the gate, officials said.

Another militant, who too was wearing a suicide vest,
was shot dead by policemen.

The two other attackers fled from the scene after they
failed in their bid to enter the police complex housing
offices and residential quarters.

Police launched a search operation to trace them but
were unable to make any arrests.

Two policemen and a civilian who had come to the
nearby judicial complex were killed in the attack.

Three passers-by and 10 policemen were injured.
One policeman and a civilian, who sustained serious
injuries, were taken to Peshawar.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdullah Khan told
reporters that the militants could have caused greater
devastation if they had succeeded in entering the Police
Lines, which also houses several government offices and courts.
Khan said the militants were targeting police and
security personnel, politicians and civilians in retaliation
for the operations being conducted against them in the tribal
areas and other parts of northwest Pakistan.

Experts of the bomb disposal squad were called in to
defuse the suicide vest of the militant who was killed by
police.

They said the vests worn by the militants contained
eight to 10 kilograms of explosives.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Due to tight security in the provincial capital of
Peshawar, militants are now targeting police installations in
other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

PTI