Five militants killed in Pakistan attack: police

PESHAWAR — At least five militants were killed early Wednesday when they attacked a checkpoint outside the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police said.

By (AFP)

Published: Wed 22 Jun 2011, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:40 PM

The attack took place at the Sarband checkpoint just outside the town of Bara in the restive Khyber tribal district.

‘More than 30 militants launched a two-pronged attack on a police checkpoint and after a gunfight five militants were killed while two policemen were wounded,’ senior police official Mohammad Ijaz told AFP.

Police had recovered the bodies of the five militants, he added.

Local police and government officials confirmed the attack and death toll.

Peshawar is the gateway to Pakistan’s rugged northwest tribal region, the stronghold of Taleban and Al Qaeda linked militants, and bomb attacks there are common.

Nearly 4,500 people have been killed across Pakistan in attacks blamed on Taleban and other Islamist extremist networks based in the nearby tribal belt since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

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