10 civilians injured in Bannu suicide attack
By: Muhammad Alam Khan
BANNU: Ten persons including five cops’ sustained injuries when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into an abandoned house near the building of Haved Police Station on Tuesday, official sources said.
The sources said the cops guarding the police station opened fire on the vehicle. The suicide bomber, the sources said, panicked and drove his vehicle into the abandoned house situated near the building of the police station in Haved village.
The boundary wall of the police station, building of the Veterinary Hospital and some houses in the surrounding area were damaged in the blast.
Five cops including Station House Officer Gul Nawaz Khan, driver Aurangzeb, Elite Force officials Liaqat Ali and Aurangzeb, Frontier Constabulary personnel Aizazullah and five civilians identified as Abdul Baqi, Ziaullah, Mirjana Bibi, Jehan Noor Bibi and a minor, whose identity could not be confirmed, sustained injuries. “The police station was the apparent target, but the alert cops foiled the attack,” said an official.
Following the incident, the police contingent and bomb disposal unit reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The injured were rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital in Bannu where condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.
The officials of bomb disposal unit said about 600 kilos explosives had been used in the explosion. Meanwhile, talking to reporters by phone from an undisclosed location, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the attack. “The TTP would continue attacks on the police as they are the main hurdle in our way,” he stressed.