Suicide attack on Peshawar police station leaves four dead

Published: February 24, 2012

Policemen take position during a militant attack on a police station in Peshawar on February 24, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: In yet another brazen militant attack on a police station, three suicide bombers killed four policemen and injured another six during early hours of Friday.

Three suicide bombers barged into the C-Division police station (Kotwali Police Station), which is located in the heart of Peshawar city in a congested locality, with the intention of taking over.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigade has claimed responsibility for the attack. Spokesman Abu Zarar Said, speaking from an unknown location, said that the attack was a reaction to the killing of a top militant leader, Badar Mansoor, in a drone strike in Waziristan.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Imtiaz Altaf told reporters that the militants hurled hand grenades at the security men on the gates which triggered a crossfire.

He added that the policemen promptly responded to the attack and the bombers had “no other option left but to explode themselves.”

CCPO Altaf term the incident as a “backlash against the operations carried out by the security forces on the militant havens.”

The Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) spokesperson told The Express Tribune that eight injured were brought to the hospital, out of which two expired at the hospital.

The deceased were identified as Sub-Inspector Munawar, ASI Dawai and Constable Falak Naz.

MS LRH Rahim Jan Afridi told The Express Tribune that the condition of two of the injured admitted at the hospital is crticial.

Residents of the area told The Express Tribune that they had heard three minor blasts followed by a huge explosion. Immediately after the incident, intense firing engulfed the area and after sometime two major explosions took place.

The C-Division police station is one of the largest in the city. Home to hundreds of new recruits, it not only serves as barracks for the police personnel but also has an office of the Special Branch and other police officers including the residential quarters of the police attached to it.

The attack on the police station comes only a day after a car bomb attack left 13 dead and 37 injured at a bus stand on Kohat Road in Peshawar.

One injured in blast near Ring Road

In a separate incident, one person was injured when a bomb went off in the Afridi Garh area near Ring Road.

Initial reports stated that the bomb had been planted on the roadside near a police picket and had been detonated using a remote control.

Rescue officials and the Bomb Disposal Squad were dispatched to the site immediately after the incident.

The injured was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

Reader Comments (14)

  • Feb 24, 2012 - 10:33AM

    memogate is more important to GHQ than security of Pakistan.

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  • Pinky
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:12AM

    RIP my brave cops….shahadat mubarak! as you died with your boots on

    & dont listen to the ungrateful,( forever) cynical people who will blame even your deaths on your security lapse

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  • Mr. Honest
    Feb 24, 2012 - 11:56AM

    Please why cannot we do a major operation ONCE for all and kill these militants in their many safe heavens adjoining Peshawar? Till when is this going to continue? No militant is a good militant. They are all terrorists. The state should show them NO MERCY.

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  • Topak Khan
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:23PM

    RIP brave policemen
    “They were left with no option but to detonate”, Just wondering what else are bombers supposed to do?

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  • jock
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:31PM

    My humble salute…RIP

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  • Patriotic
    Feb 24, 2012 - 12:35PM

    so when were we really gonna stop these terrorists again? I suggest just do it properly once, and be done with it. I don’t care if you have to search every single house in Pakistan! That’s better than adapting this current “one step forwards and two backwards” policy against these barbarians!

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  • Feb 24, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Great Job Pakhtoonkhwa Police. I salute you and pray for the martyrs…

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  • Indian muslim
    Feb 24, 2012 - 1:10PM

    @Mr. Honest: It’s not possible bcoz 90 % of people think that they are not terrorists and they are victim of bigger terrorists i.e. USA. You are right that until unless people start calling a spade a spade , things would not be better. A terrorist is a terrorist. Whether it is Afghan taliban or Pakistan taliban. That differentiation needs to end for long term peace. Even if Taliban succeeds in short term but their ideology would be dangerous for Pakistani society and “bleed india” campaign will bleed Pakistan more than Indians.

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    My heartfelt sympathy to the family in this time of grieve and sorrow.

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  • Nasir
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:22PM

    And now our brave government and ministers will negotiate with the terrorists or offer them a 5 star residence or attend their rallies until the US comes and does the job we are to impotent to do.

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  • ali
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Security Operatus is neither trained nor mentally prepared to take on these synical murdrers of innocent people,
    Civil society needs to rise against them……..,

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  • Mehdi
    Feb 24, 2012 - 4:48PM

    How many more we need to sacrifice? Everyday, all over Pakistan people are being killed at the rate of hundreds if not thousands!

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  • Feb 24, 2012 - 5:46PM

    How long will it continue???

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  • Zalmai
    Feb 24, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Thank Zia Ul Haq for opening Jehad Central in Peshawar and his security policies of the 80s that are still in place.

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  • Feb 24, 2012 - 8:24PM

    The terrorist mindset is clear: kill as many as possible and cause as much destruction as possible. This is the second major attack in two days in response to the security forces’ operation against militant safe havens. Our condolences go out to the families of the brave cops who lost their lives in this cowardly suicide attack. It is now even more evident that peace is only possible with the elimination of all terrorist groups on both sides of the borders, and that all parties must cooperate closely to achieve this objective. Together we have achieved much in the past and we need to continue on the path to achieve total success against these terrorists.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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