One killed in suicide attacks on police stations in Pak
Terrorists mounted suicide attacks on two police stations in northwest Pakistan, killing an officer and injuring nine people, including a woman constable.world Updated: Feb 20, 2010 16:01 IST
Terrorists mounted suicide attacks on two police stations in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing an officer and injuring nine people, including a woman constable.
The attacks on the police stations in Balakot and Mansehra towns in North West Frontier Province occurred within minutes of each other, officials said.
A suicide bomber blew himself at the police station in Balakot when guards prevented him from entering the building.
Police station chief Khalil Khan was killed and five others, including policemen and passers-by, were injured, police said.
In nearby Mansehra town, a group of militants lobbed a grenade and fired at a police station. This triggered a shootout in which one of the militants was killed.
Police said the slain militant was a suicide bomber.
Four police personnel, including a woman constable, were injured in the attack.
Footage on television showed armed policemen running through the streets of Mansehra, searching for militants who reportedly fled after the attack.
Additional policemen were called in from other police stations in the area to assist in the search operation.
Both towns are located in Mansehra district of NWFP.
A number of 'jehadi' camps were being operated in the region, which is located adjacent to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.