6 policemen killed in series of attacks in NW Pakistan

Cheryl Sanders
July 21, 2019

A string of terrorist attacks on police in Pakistan's northwest Dera Ismail Khan district has left six people killed and several others injured on Sunday morning, a police officer said.

The martyred officers were identified as Constable Jahangir and Constable Inam.

The injured included eight policemen and five civilians. "The woman bomber, aged around 28 years, came on foot and blew herself up", he said.

While the police claimed that the suicide attacker was a female, the Pakistani Taliban who claimed responsibility for the attack, said that the attacker was a man named Abu Obaida Ghazi.

Local police told media that a suicide bomber attacked the people, including patients and employees, who were entering the trauma center of the hospital.

The attack in Dera Ismail Khan early on Sunday was claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, often known as the Pakistani Taliban, which is separate from the insurgent movement across the border in Afghanistan.

According to India Today, three people were killed and seven others injured in the attacks, while National Herald says the death toll stands at seven people, including four policemen, with 40 others injured.

Soon after the blast, rescue teams reached the spot and took the bodies and injured victims to the emergency ward of the hospital.

According to Bomb Disposal Squad officials, around 7 to 8 kilograms of explosive material was used in the IED explosion.

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