DPO office attacked in DI Khan

Published: January 14, 2012

DI KHAN: Four suicide bombers attacked the District Police Officer’s (DPO) office in Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three people, including one police official, were killed in the attack which lasted for over two hours, officials confirmed. Three suicide bombers detonated, while one was shot dead.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that three of the bombers were dressed in police uniform. The bombers entered the office from the back, where a building was under construction, sources said.

Initial reports had stated that there were eight bombers, but after the operation officials confirmed that there were only four attackers.

Hospital sources said that a total of 11 injured people, including seven police officials, were shifted to the hospital.

End of live updates

4:10pm

The security operation has ended and the Army has started to move from its positions.

The operation went on for around 2-3 hours.

The police say that it will address the media shortly.

3:50pm

Express News correspondent reported that at least 13-14 people were rescued from the DPO office.

An eyewitness, rescued from the building, said that he heard 2-3 explosions which caused the plaster to fall off the walls and shattered the glass windows of the office.

Initial reports suggest that the attackers entered the building from the back using a ladder.

Four dead bodies have been shifted to a hospital. Three of them are suspected to be from North Waziristan and the police are suspecting that they might be the militants who attacked the office.

K-P Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said that the attackers were probably planning the attack since the past 15 days, but nothing can be said unless the official statements are released.

3:37pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, commending the security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said that there should be a “force within the force” to provide complete security to their convoys.

Talking to the media in Rawalpindi, Malik said that the Taliban are now targeting the people who provide security, and added that there will no talks with them unless they give up their weapons.

“I still invite them for talks, but not with arms and ammunition… Who would want to talk to murderers?” he said.

3:20pm

Security sources said that two policemen were injured in the firing. They claimed to have killed three potential suicide bombers in retaliation.

According to initial reports, two dead bodies have been retrieved from the DPO office after the clearance operation. Reports suggest that the bombers did not detonate themselves, but their explosives went off when the police fired at them.

Express News correspondent reported that at least two dead bodies were retrieved from the DPO office after the clearance operation.

3:10pm

An eyewitness told Express News that he saw at least three dead bodies. He said that they were not wearing the police uniform, but it was still not known whether they were police officials, attackers or civilians.

The DPO office has been cleared and the people stuck inside the building have been rescued by the security officials.

3:00pm

Police officials told Reuters that at least three policemen were wounded in the incident.

They also claimed that there were five militants who stormed the police station wearing police uniforms.

2:50pm

Security personnel have taken charge of the DPO office.

A clearance operation is currently underway.

Three terrorists have been killed in the encounter.

In November last year, two police officers were killed — including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) — and three others were injured when militants carrying rocket propelled grenades and other heavy arms attacked a police station in DI Khan.

“This police station was our target and our Mujahideens have carried out this attack,” the TTP’s main spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had told reporters. “We accept responsibility for the attack,” he told AFP.

2:45pm

Firing at the DPO office has stopped. There are now reports of firing from surrounding areas.

Circuit House, the PTCL office, all courts and the high court are located in the area surrounding the DPO office

2:30pm

All roads leading up to the DPO office have been sealed.

Two men were reported to have detonated themselves after they attacked the office using hand grenades.

A Taliban militant and his wife had carried out a suicide bombing on a police station in DI Khan on June 25, 2011. Around 12 policemen were killed in the attack which lasted for several hours.

2:20pm

Police and army personnel have started moving in.

Ramzan Seemab reports that another huge blast has taken place, which has damaged nearby buildings.

Two terrorists believed to be dressed in police uniforms had attacked the office.

2:15pm

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that army personnel have also arrived to assist the police.

Ambulances have also been sent, said Hussain.

Firing is still ongoing from both sides.

2:00pm

Police has so far not been able to enter the office.

Firing is still underway.

Four explosions were heard in the area.

A body lying outside is reported to be that of a suicide bomber who is believed to have detonated outside the office.

Reader Comments (19)

  • Roflcopter
    Jan 14, 2012 - 2:37PM

    And our government is negotiating with these brutes. There is no way but to fight these brutes until they surrender.

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  • Too much
    Jan 14, 2012 - 2:47PM

    There is so much going on that I don’t know what to follow :S
    Drones? Memogate? NRO? Deshat-Gardi? Veena Malik? Swiss Cases?
    Damn it
    I QUIT!

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  • Sajjad Ahmed
    Jan 14, 2012 - 2:52PM

    As per TV reports, DPO is injured but safe.

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  • Sajjad Ahmed
    Jan 14, 2012 - 2:58PM

    @Roflcopter:
    Not only them, but those who support them should also be taken to task. I am referring to some so called religious leaders. Some such people are sponsors of Madaris that serve as a nursery for TTP that so “proudly” takes responsibility for such acts of brutality.

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  • hameed
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:10PM

    dear friends, DPO is alright. he is completely safe. may God save Pakistan from these yahoos.

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  • UmEr
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Shukkar Alhumdulillah! A successful Elite Force operation.

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  • Mir
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Give peace a chance you have given and look what an opportunity taliban availed.Recommend

  • Pinky
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:40PM

    the bombers did not detonate themselves, but their explosives went off when the police fired at them.

    yeah, way to go! great attitude! blame everything on the police…the bombers were merely participating in a fancy dress show, showing off their creative ensemble
    we are the first ones to die in cordons, but still we get blamed for the “security lapse”..invariably the net conclusion of the media coverage is, they failed to anticipate, they deserved to die

    i wonder what made our lives and sacrifices cheaper than those of other uniform wearersRecommend

  • Khawlah
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:48PM

    “Give peace a chance” have become “Give terrorist a chance to regroup and attack us”. We need to take them to task and let them surrender to the government of Pakistan. We should not give these militants a chance to regroup and attack us.

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  • Cautious
    Jan 14, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Talking to the media in Rawalpindi,
    Malik said that the Taliban are now
    targeting the people who provide
    security, and added that there will no
    talks with them unless they give up
    their weapons.

    Perhaps he doesn’t know that the military is currently negotiating with these terrorist — Malik’s statement illustrates an obvious flaw when the military unilaterally makes deals without consulting or seeking the approval of your elected officials.

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  • R.A
    Jan 14, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Come on Imran Khan say something
    Are you still in favour of negotiating with
    these blood-thirsty murderers.
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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jan 14, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Hafiz Saeed must be enjoying this one.

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  • Nadir
    Jan 14, 2012 - 9:55PM

    What only 10 comments? What happened to outrage against terrorists who take on our brave soliders and officials?

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  • Imran T. Khan
    Jan 14, 2012 - 10:56PM

    The talibans are our brothers, they are not terrorists. They are just reacting to drone attacks. We should sit down with them and listen to their demands. I think we should be proactive in the peace deal and lay down our arms first!!. I guarantee that in 90 days there will be peace along with no corruption in this welfare state of islam.

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  • amir
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:05AM

    So, now what those supporters of TTP will say? Let them kill? There is no operation going on in North South Waziristan, No Drone attacks, still this is happenening. Retaliation of what?

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Jan 15, 2012 - 5:02AM

    @Imran T. Khan,

    Well, that is one way to embrace martyrdom… by treating the Taliban as brothers. I didn’t know brothers have the trait of indiscriminately killing women and children via suicide bombs, bombing girls schools and decapitating soldiers.

    My brothers certainly don’t!!!

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  • Straight Fire
    Jan 15, 2012 - 5:38AM

    Its a pity while seeing such a little damage to Police even after hijacking constant 3 hours of day and shooting hundred of bullets … shame on you TTP

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  • Jan 17, 2012 - 10:24PM

    The terrorists are coming to terms with reality, and know that they are running out of options in terms of achieving their dark and evil agenda. They have been attempting to spread chaos and fear among the public through their terrorist activities for a long time now. But the nation of Pakistan continues to stand tall, and these terrorists are failing to break the nation’s will. And it’s obvious that desperation is creeping in, and they are frantically trying to go after the protectors of the nation. We fully back Pakistan in its fight against the militants, and hope the nation will succeed in eliminating the threat that continues to linger over its head. Our governments are working night and day to improve communication and increase the level of cooperation. We want to send a clear message to these terrorists and let them know that we will overcome all differences for the sake of stabilizing the region. And those who stand in our way will be dealt with accordingly.

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  • Feb 7, 2012 - 5:03PM

    They take law into their hands beucase Nigeria police dont do their work as other country police is doing their work.Recommend

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