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11 security personnel killed in attacks in Pakistan

January 15, 2013 21:35 IST

At least 11 Pakistani security personnel were killed in a militant attack on a check-post and a roadside bomb explosion in restive regions of the country, officials said on Tuesday.

In the first incident, six security personnel were killed and 16 others injured when militants attacked a check-post in the restive Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan.

Militants attacked a check post in Shalobar area in Khyber Agency.

State-run Radio Pakistan quoted officials as saying that six security personnel were killed and 16 others injured.

Security forces retaliated against the attack and forced the militants to retreat, the officials said.

The reports said personnel of the Frontier Corps and Khasadar militia were among those killed in the overnight clash.

The militants attacked the troops with heavy weapons that damaged one of the check posts.

The attack occurred in an area dominated by the Lashkar-e-Islam group led by warlord Mangal Bagh Afridi.

In the second incident, five policemen, including an officer, were killed when their vehicle was targeted with a roadside bomb in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Nasim Baloch was on his way home when his vehicle was targeted with a remote-controlled bomb in Panjgur town, 600 km southwest of the provincial capital Quetta.

Baloch, two guards and a driver were killed instantly while another policeman succumbed to his injuries while being taken to the hospital, senior police official Gul Hussain said.

The vehicle was destroyed by the blast. Police officials said an estimated 10 kg of explosives were used in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Rezaul H Laskar
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