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Five Police Killed, Two Wounded In Attack In Northwestern Pakistan


A man, who was injured when unknown gunmen opened fire at a police vehicle, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan on February 12.

Five Pakistani police officers have been killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials say.

Local police told RFE/RL that four police officers died during the February 12 ambush in the Dera Ismail Khan district.

A fifth officer later died of his wounds in hospital.

Two other policemen were injured in the attack, which was claimed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban.

The attackers managed to flee the scene and the security forces have launched a search operation.

With reporting by Reuters
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