PESHAWAR: At least three policemen were killed Saturday when a group of militants attacked their station in a northwestern Pakistani town bordering a tribal area, police said.
The attack on Kolachi police station, close to the border with South Waziristan tribal district, also left seven injured, while gunfire was continuing at the site, district police chief Mohammad Hussain Khan told AFP. “A group of militants fired at Kolachi police station and then lobbed hand grenades inside. As a result, three policemen were martyred and seven others were wounded,” he said.
There were 17 policemen on duty at the time, he said, adding that security forces had been called in and the area cordoned off. Khan said that since the police station was close to the lawless tribal belt, it was most likely that the attackers had come from there. Nearly 4,500 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taliban and other Islamist extremist networks based in the tribal belt since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007.