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Suicide attack kills 6, injures dozens in Bannu

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled vehicle into a Police station in Bannu on Saturday, killing at least six people and injuring around 63 others, Police and witnesses said.

Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed the responsibility of attack in which according to bomb disposal squad 160 Kilogram explosive material were used. Qari Hussain, leader of TTP claimed the responsibility of attack.

The bomber hit his mini-truck with the Police station in Bannu district at 7 a.m., when a large number of police men were present inside the building, District Police Officer Iqbal Marwat said.

Marwat said that 24 policemen and 15 citizens were injured in one of the deadliest attacks in the area. The Police officer said that the bomber had brought the vehicle from the tribal region.

The blast has carved an eight-foot deep and 40-foot wide pit on the attack site.

Bannu, which is located near the North Waziristan tribal region, had seen attacks on Police and Pro-government tribal elders from the suspected Taliban in recent weeks.

The militants killed seven pro-government tribal elders at Jani Khel area near Bannu on Thursday.

Witnesses said that the bomber struck his explosives-laden truck with Police Station at Mandan, a small village five kilometers from Bannu city. The blast was heard in several kilometers area, locals said.

The blast completely destroyed building of the police station and also damaged nearby 20 houses and shops.

Several critically injured were taken to Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province.

Witnesses said that the bomber crossed barriers on the city entry point and succeeded to take the car to the Police station building.

Two Prisoners in the Police station lock were also killed in the attack.

Police sources said that around 80 Policemen and Paramilitary men from Frontier Constabulary were present when the bomber struck the police station.

Emergency was declared in the district headquarters hospital and a large number of people rushed to the hospital to donate blood.

The doctors and hospital staff were facing problems to treats many injured, relatives of the injured said. Five women and 13 children were among the injured, doctors said.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack and sent condolence messages to the bereaved families.

Zardari, who is in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly session, directed the authorities to hold immediate inquiry into the incident. Zardari said in his General Assembly speech that Pakistan is winning war against terrorism.

Provincial Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti ordered inquiry and said the people behind the brutal attack will not be spared.

Quaid PML-N Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Acting President Farooq H. Niak, Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza,, Federal ministers, Chief Minister of Sindh Qiam Ali Shah, Punjab Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani, Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hussain, Head Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Federal Defense Minister Ch. Ahmed Mukthar, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and others condemned the blast in strongest term.

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