Pakistan

Two Pakistani police killed in midnight raid

Reuters/Jason Lee

Dozens of  armed fighters attacked a police checkpoint in north-west Pakistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing two police officers and injuring five more, police said.

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Seventeen of the Islamic fighters were killed in the shootout, Al Jazeera TV reports.

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The attack began at around midnight local time. Police repelled an initial advance after about an hour of fighting, but the gunmen launched a second assault, firing rockets and throwing grenades at the checkpoint.

Police said the assailants were from either the Tehreek-e-Taliban or Lashkar-e-Islam, which is led by Manghal Bagh. Both armed Islamist groups are active in the Khyber region.

The Khyber Pass in the mountainous terrain forms a key supply route for Nato forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Pakistan has been battling Islamist rebels linked to the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the northwest of the country for years and thousands of soldiers have died in fighting.

The Pakistani Taliban vowed revenge for Osama Bin Laden’s death on Wednesday in a video obtained by Al Jazeera.
 

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