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Armed attack on police station in Pakistan, 10 policemen killed

Logan D Suza

At least 10 policemen were killed in an armed attack on a police station in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least 10 policemen were killed in an armed attack on a police station in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Six more people were injured in this incident.

An official told Pakistani media that the attack took place at the Chadwan police station in the province’s Dera Ismail Khan district in the early hours of Monday (February 5).

General elections will be held in Pakistan on February 8. This attack was carried out three days before. In the past few days, there have been several attacks in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. As a result, security concerns have arisen there ahead of the elections. Already, there have been several attacks on candidates and party supporters.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial police chief Akhtar Hayat Gandapur said, “More than 30 terrorists launched an attack from three directions and the firing continued for more than two and a half hours.”

He also said, “In this incident, 10 officers were killed and four injured in the attack on Chaudwan police station in Dera Ismail Khan district.” Pakistan Taliban, IS and other armed groups have been attacking the areas bordering Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for years. In particular, they are targeting security infrastructure as well as civilians.

The attackers briefly took control of the police station during the early Monday morning attack, news agency reports said.

Also last week, ethnic Baloch separatists attacked government installations in a remote area of southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 24 militants, the military said. Four security personnel and two civilians were killed during the attack and subsequent search operation. Banned Baloch separatist group Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on social media.

The Election Commission of Pakistan said last week that it had held emergency meetings with security officials due to the violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces and said thousands of security personnel would be deployed across the country to protect voters.

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