Suicide attack on Pakistan checkpost kills 24
2 February AFP
Suicide bombers attacked a military checkpost in Pakistan's troubled
northwest Saturday, killing twenty four people, officials said, in an
attack claimed by the Taliban.
"Six security personnel and two civilians were killed in the attack,"
a security official said of the raid which happened around 240
kilometres (150 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of
The attack was on a joint checkpost of the Pakistan army and a
paramilitary force in the Sari Norang area of Lakki Marwat district,
close to the semi-autonomous tribal belt infested with Taliban and Al
Qaeda-linked militants. "The civilian casualties include a child and a
woman who were killed when one of the attackers entered their home and
blew up his suicide jacket," the official said.
Another security official in Peshawar said security forces killed 12
militants. The Taliban claimed the attack but disputed 12 militants were
killed, saying they had sent only 4 suicide bombers.
"We sent only four suicide bombers to attack this checkpost.
We attacked it to avenge the killing of two of our friends in a
recent drone strike," Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), told AFP by phone.
"The Pakistan army and security forces provide assistance to the US
for drone strikes.
So, we are taking revenge for their cooperation with the US." Taliban
and Al-Qaeda-linked militants are accused of plotting attacks from the
tribal belt on Pakistani, Afghan and Western targets.
Pakistan came under huge US pressure to do more to destroy militant
sanctuaries after US Navy SEALs found and killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.