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One dead in gunfight in Pakistan's Peshawar: police

world Updated: Jun 12, 2009 11:41 IST

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At least one gunman was killed and five others arrested on Friday after they opened fire on a police checkpoint in the troubled northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police said.

The attackers stormed the checkpoint in the heart of the city, not far from the residence of the region's top army commander and a luxury hotel where at least nine people were killed in a suicide bombing late Tuesday.

"One attacker was killed and five others were arrested after they attacked a police checkpoint at Khyber road," Peshawar police chief Sefwat Ghayur told AFP.

The gunfight erupted at around 2.30 am (2030 GMT Thursday) and went on for about 40 minutes, he said, adding that the attackers had used hand grenades during the clash. One managed to flee the scene.

On Thursday, two people were killed and 13 other wounded in a grenade and suicide bomb attack targeting security forces in Peshawar.

Pakistan has recently been hit by a string of Taliban-related bomb blasts as fears grow that Islamist extremists are exacting revenge for a six-week military offensive against them in three northwest districts.

Taliban-linked attacks have killed more than 1,960 people in Pakistan since July 2007.