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Four Militants Killed After Attacking Police Post In NW Pakistan

Gunmen Attack Police In Northwest Pakistani
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July 16, 2012
Militants attacked a police station in the town of Bannu in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on July 16. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in recent weeks. (Reuters video)

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Police in northwestern Pakistan say four militants were killed after gunmen attacked a police station in the town of Bannu.

The militant group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials said the dead included two suicide bombers who detonated explosive vests that they aparently smuggled inside the police compound by wearing burqas.

Police said a fifth attacker was arrested after a five-hour gun battle.

Three police reportedly were injured.

Bannu is in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province, adjacent to Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal regions that border Afghanistan.

In April, Pakistani Taliban fighters attacked a prison in Bannu and were able to free nearly 400 inmates, including some who were considered dangerous militants.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, dpa, and RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
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