Four policemen among eight injured in Bannu suicide bombing


At least four police personnel were among eight injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed vehicle into a police station in Bannu district on Tuesday. Police said the powerful blast destroyed the premises of Haveed police station and smashed windowpanes and doors of nearby houses to pieces. The bombing was followed by intense gunfire. Law enforcement agencies, including police personnel, cordoned off the entire area later and helped move the injured persons to nearby hospitals. Bannu District Police Officer (DPO) Waqar told reporters that four police personnel were wounded in the blast. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. “We carried out the suicide attack on the police station… we will not spare them and target them again,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told a foreign news agency over telephone. “We will continue to target police and security forces because they are killing our mujahideen (fighters),” he added. The injured policemen included Station House Officer (SHO) Gul Nawaz, Constables Liaquat and Aurangzaib, while the names of others victims could not be immediately ascertained.