Militants attack police station in DI Khan, 10 personnel killed

Published: June 25, 2011

Sources have said 30-35 policemen are still trapped inside the police station.

Six people were killed as militants attacked and took over a police station in Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday. Sources have said 30-35 policemen are still trapped inside the police station.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: At least 10 policemen were killed when militants, some in suicide vests and clad in burqas, attacked a police station in Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday.

Around 4-5 militants attacked Kulachi Police Station, which is located in an area bordering South Waziristan and Lakki Marwat, at 5pm and used guns and hand grenades to take policemen inside the building hostage. All of the attackers were reportedly killed after the completion of the operation.

The Station House Officer (SHO) and investigation officer were among those killed. While police records were also damaged.

Regional police chief Imtiaz Shah told AFP the siege began when attackers dressed in burqas took out guns at the station’s main gate and killed policemen deployed there.

Policemen on duty were taken hostage after militants used hand grenades to damage the boundary wall and enter the building.

Two of the suicide bombers detonated themselves and one was killed by security forces.

The operation has been completed and police has cleared the building.

End of live updates

9:00pm

Express News correspondent Ramzan Seemab reports the operation has been completed and the police station has been cleared.

Ten people have been confirmed to be killed in the attack, including the SHO and investigation officer.

Police sources have confirmed five terrorists had attacked the police station. All five have been reported to be killed.

8:40pm

Civil Hospital Incharge Dr Younis has said three injured policemen were brought to the hospital and they are now in stable condition.

Station House Office (SHO) Kulachi was also killed in the attack.

Three of the attackers were wearing suicide-jackets. Two terrorists reportedly detonated inside and the third was targeted by police using a ‘rocket launcher’, Express News reports.

The District Police Officer (DPO) and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) are supervising the operation from behind the police station.

8:30pm

Mohammad Raees, a witness, told Reuters three attackers were riding a motorbike.

“One of them was wearing a burqa and threw the burqa away as they attacked the police station.”

8:25pm

Express News correspondent Ramzan Seemab said all the attackers were wearing burqas when they entered the police station.

8:20pm

The driver of the armored vehicle has said a burqa-clad terrorist detonated inside the police station.

There are reports of 10 policemen being killed. There is no official confirmation on the death toll.

The building is still on fire. Non-availability of water is hindering rescue operations.

8:15pm

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kulachi has said the operation has been completed. He said records inside the station had been lost as a result of the attack.

He added that computers and vehicles inside the station had also been destroyed.

Two hostages who were rescued were inside the station when the explosions happened. Express News correspondent has said the men were still in shock as a result of the explosions.

8:10pm

DSP Kulachi has said records at the police station have been lost as a result of the fire.

8:00pm

Two hostages have been rescued from the building.

There were around 17 policemen on duty when the attackers struck, police official Mohammad Hussain Khan told AFP, adding that security forces had been called and the area cordoned off.

7:55pm

The driver of the armored vehicle has said one of the attackers blew themselves up when security forces entered the police station. He also said one of the attackers came out of the station and opened fire on the armored vehicle.

7:45pm

Heavy firing is still underway.

The building and an armored vehicle has caught fire as a result of the explosions.

7:35pm

Firing can be still be heard from the police and smoke can be seen rising from the building.

A third explosion has been heard.

7:30pm

Two loud explosions were heard as policemen entered the police station. There is no confirmation if the explosions were suicide blasts.

Initial reports stated the armed men were wearing suicide jackets.

7:26pm

One of the men hurled a hand grenade at the building and a second fired indiscriminately at the policemen inside, said reports coming in.

The armed men are still inside and an operation is underway. Reports from the area also suggest that there could be more than two assailants inside, with reports of armed men on the roof.

Sources have said 30-35 policemen are still trapped inside the police station.

Rescue teams have arrived on the site and emergency has been declared in the hospitals in the area.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Jun 25, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Here we go again…weekend time is wrecking time for these guys…Recommend

  • Jameel
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:17PM

    It is the job of intelligence to find out about terrorist plans beforehand and foil them. ISI has failed once again to do its real job to protect the people. If only ISI would let go of the politicians and journalists and focus on what its job really is then the nation would be much better off.Recommend

  • Raj
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:31PM

    Blame Israel, India and USRecommend

  • Dr. Mohammad Azmi
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:44PM

    Congratulations.

    Dr. Mohammad Azmi,
    Nuremberg, GermanyRecommend

  • Atheist, India
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:47PM

    I hope that Pakistan emerges a better nation after this horrible time of murders and fanaticism is over. Recommend

  • P.A.M
    Jun 25, 2011 - 7:54PM

    omg!!
    @Jameel
    ISI has failed once again to do its real job to protect the people. ” -
    ISI hasn’t fail here, they are doing their duty very well, Recommend

  • omg
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:07PM

    small kind of Mumbai model attack, pakistan paying its penaltyRecommend

  • Jun 25, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Salute to the sacrifices of brave policeman! Recommend

  • M.Akthar
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:17PM

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/168594/terrorists-eliminated-from-south-waziristan/
    & then, this Article. When will this dance of death end? Will it ever?

    Why cant the Generals do an operation and eliminate every single militant on Pakistan, everywhere? Every Militant Group has to be purged and eliminated. Enough of these statements.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:17PM

    Pasha needs to resign NOW!Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:35PM

    The Pak army is not taking any action against TTP as long as they donot attack them but only para-military forces and the police. Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:50PM

    Hameed Gul & Co. planned to capture central asia with these militants. Chickens have come home to roostRecommend

  • SAJID IMRAN KHAN
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:54PM

    very worst condition in PAKISTAN.
    em very worried.
    PAKISTAN ZINDABADRecommend

  • san
    Jun 25, 2011 - 8:57PM

    why dont you cover Imran Khan Jalsa..Our media made the terrorists heros..we dont want terrorists heroism…shame on our media..Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:09PM

    What is hapenig? Where is isi Recommend

  • Irshad Khan
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:10PM

    Force or forces which can not defend themselves, how can they protect the public? I think lack of training, lack of devotion, lack of discipline and lack of supervision is the case beside recruitment on recommendations basis and not on merit.Recommend

  • Genius
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:20PM

    They have learned some lesson from Ayub Khan most possibly. He and his armed men also took over Pakistan in Oct. 1958. Did he or did he not set a precedence for all such things to come which we are seeing today?Recommend

  • Jun 25, 2011 - 9:25PM

    There seems to be no plan available with our police to stop these Cat and Mouse Attack and their cant be any too since our law enforcing officers have better work to do such as threatening journalist , bugging every one fone else than those who makes our life a mess and then coming up with a rhetoric that pointing fingers on their inefficiency is ” Mulk Dushmani”… I just wanna say to them that Mulk Dushmani is what you guys are doing by simply not concentrating on the work for which you are held responsible . As much as we appreciate and sympathize with you for your courageous efforts when you really give your life for this country,we do reserve a right to make you accountable for your responsibility if you fail in it .
    Take criticism as a mean to improve and not otherwise .Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:29PM

    The are like cancer cells, you burn or cut one organ, they will pop from another. The only way to treat this cancer is to start from top to bottom. No more excuses. Now or never.Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 25, 2011 - 9:32PM

    These terrorist need to be eliminated. The task is difficult and will take time.But the brave Pakistan securities have to do itRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 25, 2011 - 10:37PM

    @Jameel:
    ISI is not the ONLY intelligence agency. All intelligence agencies have failed to act proactively and stop the beasts from attacking the poor Police men and the civilians.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 25, 2011 - 10:57PM

    As much as I would like to criticize Islamists and praise secularism, I can see the benefits of burqa! No wonder so many people support burqa and niqab. The mullah of Red Mosque almost fled with the help of burqa, didn’t he? Many crimes are being committed by regular felons using burqa/niqab.
    I do not like the criticism of innocent ISI. When they cannot detect the presence of OBL in their own midst for almost a decade, how they so quickly can anticipate the intentions of terrorists and stop their attacks? While their counterparts in the other countries are busy to trace their enemies even in the middle of army bases of friendly allies (CIA in Pakistan) ISI is busy in its image, perks, Islamic brotherhood, and defending country’s ideological boundaries not the real country. Protecting ideological boundaries are easy, less dangerous from the comforts of home and AC offices. More importantly it is not against the strategic assets and helps keep full control over their colony called Pakistan. The civilian leader Jinnah made Pakistan but the army disintegrated it and then captured the richer part for themselves. Recommend

  • Lt. Qadeer
    Jun 25, 2011 - 11:37PM

    @Raj: Not Israel or the US. India is to be blamed, the station allegedly had a few detainees recently arrested on suspicions of relations with the terrorists. They came to remove them as well as themselves. Its the last year for india to play on these grounds. Talibans across Afghanistan already have their grounds and defeated the foreign invaders. They move out now, and india would soon be seen roasted on afghan poppy fieldsRecommend

  • Think
    Jun 26, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Have 300 CIA Moles arrived ?Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 26, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Stretegic assets creating more stretegic depth for the stretegic ‘establishment’.
    .Recommend

  • Psudo_Echo
    Jun 26, 2011 - 1:20AM

    @Lt. Qadeer:
    LOL……….. Yes but Raj has got nothing better to do than troll .
    Recent Poll suggest 50% of Indians spend more time on ET
    website than they do with their relatives as they ve got nothing better to do
    as they dont even read their own papers or watch their owns news to see
    all that is not “well” in their own country! What a joke!Recommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 26, 2011 - 1:21AM

    and the mayhem continues
    @lt qadir,god help you and your country.you are making your country even worse than afghanistan.so better leave the afghan dream.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 26, 2011 - 1:21AM

    @Lt. Qadeer: “They move out now, and india would soon be seen roasted on afghan poppy fields”

    You will surely realize that the American withdrawal is a precursor to an actual devastating attack on Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ashok
    Jun 26, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Well, Pakistan officially banned Pillion riding, so I don’t know how people didn’t spot the three men riding on one motorbike. Technically this is against the law in Pakistan. Maybe Pakistan should also ban Burqas temporarily for the next three years to prevent these kind of attacks.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 26, 2011 - 2:27AM

    @ Lt. Qadeer – your comment is typically delusional. Please take off your sunglasses and look around. The ISI and the great military that you claim to be part of is responsible.

    First, they funded the terrorists. Second, the trained the. Third, they encouraged them to go kill innocents in Afghanistan and India. Fourth, they did nothing as these same terrorists turned on the people of Pakistan. Fifth, they came on ET and wrote delusional, conspiracy theory-type comments denying any involvement so the people of Pakistan would not scream and shout till the ISI and military is cleaned from top to bottom.

    Pakistan’s military and ISI are rotten to the core. Clean them now or live with the mess forever.Recommend

  • Lt. Qadeer
    Jun 26, 2011 - 4:47AM

    @Arijit Sharma: or any other miserably indian out here! I know well for sure the calibre of indian intelligence. They day US and Nato is out, indians in Afghanista would taste gunpowder in every breakfast.Recommend

  • habeeb
    Jun 26, 2011 - 4:55AM

    maybe will stop when terrorist gone and lies cease. until then many more may happenRecommend

  • Maria
    Jun 26, 2011 - 5:33AM

    @Raj: Of course we have to blame the people behind such cowardly attacks. We all know that India is using their lackeys in Afghanistan to commit crimes against innocent Pakistani policemen and civilians. But guess what? Despite the sacrifices of our brave police, your agents are only defeated. Why do you Indians spend so much time on Pakistani sites? It shows how you have a keen interest in seeing how your agents are doing. Look at over 1/2 the comments here. They are Indians either under real or assumed Muslim names. As for cowards hiding in burks, it just shows how shameless the criminals are. Hiding as women to kill innocent policemen! They were defeated which is good.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 26, 2011 - 5:39AM

    @Lt. Qadeer: ” … They day US and Nato is out, indians in Afghanista would taste gunpowder in every breakfast. …. ”

    Lt. Qadeer has it ever occurred to you that Pakistan is somehow not being run over by your strategic assets and their Islamist guests because of American presence in the neighbourhood ? My information is that the US is going to go in for a hands off approach in Afghanistan and Pakistan to let the situation deteriorate to a point of no return – after which there will be direct intervention IN PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 26, 2011 - 7:11AM

    Lt Qadeer, Dont you realise that Pakistan is tasting gun powder and blood for breakfast, lunch and dinner already. Why dont you try a diff approach to have a peaceful meal?
    Maria: As long as you people like you keep harping lies and hatred and refuse to accept sane voices from Pakistan itself instead of dismissing as fake muslim voices, Indians will keep visiting this and other sites and counter your lies and deceits.Recommend

  • Raj
    Jun 26, 2011 - 7:36AM

    Psudu-Echo: Re:Recent Poll suggest 50% of Indians spend more time on ET..Who conducted this poll and is it available online. According to recent poll on ET 66% Pakistanis believe Osama Bin Ladin is not dead and still they are organizing his funeral prayers. I am confused funeral prayers for a guy who is not dead. BTW, I am Canadian of Indian origin and here in Canada, Pakistanis call themselves Indians. All the Pakistani Restaurants advertise for the main stream media and people that FOR AUTHENTIC NORTH INDIAN FOOD they should visit to their Restaurants. Unbelievable how Pakistanis call themselves INDIANS in the West.Recommend

  • Analyst
    Jun 26, 2011 - 8:08AM

    Is the establishment creating strategic depth or a strategic hole in which they are drowning ?Recommend

  • Jun 26, 2011 - 9:19AM

    we have decided to end the insurgency
    from the country .

    1.our brave soldiers moving fast on the way
    leading to success by offering sacrifices.

    The nation would never forget their sacrifices.Recommend

  • Sher
    Jun 26, 2011 - 10:01AM

    This is called Gorrilla war, and war like dis does nt end in days or months, its takes year and decades, solution to dis is reconciliation. U.S n NATO wid all da world inteligence n technology has nt won da war in afghanistan cuz of dis gorrila war tactic, dey cannot win even if dey spent 100years, same goes for pakistan n in pakistan sum outside hands r involved. So reconciliation, reconciliation, reconciliation.Recommend

  • ikmundapunjabi
    Jun 26, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @san: are u out of ur mind.10 police man died and media is doing the right thing by covering it and giving them due attention and you want them to cover a rally.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 26, 2011 - 11:32AM

    @ Maria – (a) is yours a fake Christian name? (b) The fact you can’t imagine a single Pakistani or Muslim to be critical of how their religion is being mauled by madmen shows you are just another Imran Khan. Weak, powerless in the face of terror, and unwilling to do anything. You have no right to lecture others. You are the one who is hiding – hiding from admitting the menace of terrorism and fundamentalism. Recommend

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