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bannu-suicide-attackSix militants believed to be suicide bombers have been killed and two policemen have been injured as police countered a huge attack by militants on Maryan police station in Frontier Regions Bannu in the wee hours of Thursday.

The official sources and the intelligence officials said that the militants fired rockets and stormed into the police station which led to an ensuing gun battle between the security forces and the attackers.

During the gun battle the security forces claimed to have killed at least six suicide bombers while the intelligence sources say the militants blew themselves up causing huge damage inside the police station.

The officials believe though exact number of the attackers is being ascertained, the initial reports said they might be 5 to 6 in number as the gun battle is still going on inside the police station.

Another security official claims that two suicide bombers were blown up into pieces as the security forces on guard duty challenged and shot at them.

Reinforcements have also been called in and both police and the paramilitary troops have taken positions.

The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide mission on the Maryan police station.

The TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan speaking to Dawn.Com said that their fighters have attacked the police station but as the operation is still continuing they would not disclose the number of fighters, adding “But yes they are all suicide bombers and would fight till martyrdom.

He said this attack has been launched to avenge the killings of their fighters in custody and whose bodies were thrown in Miranshah.

He said the number of attackers is not as high as being claimed by the security agencies but they had inflicted huge loss on the police and security forces.

After the Bannu Jail break incident last year the militants had again launched a coordinated attack on another police station in Bannu, the bordering settled town of KPK province with North Waziristan Agency, believed to be a safe heaven for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

In another attack the militants launched a rocket attack on a security checkpost near the Gurgur Gas oil field but the militants managed to escape after the security forces repulsed the attack.

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