TTP claims responsibility for attack on Bannu police station
[Dawn] Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) front man Ehsanullah Ehsan while talking to Dawn.com's correspondent accepted responsibility for today's attack on Kaki cop shoppe near Bannu, which killed eight people, including two jacket wallahs, and injured six others.

The TTP front man said that two suicide bombers were sent to carry out the mission adding that the attack was carried out in retaliation to the recent killing of Ibrahim Mehsud, a nephew of former TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2009.

Both the bombers reportedly blew themselves up during the attack.

DPO Bannu, Nisar Tanoli confirmed that three police officials were killed whereas two civilians and an off-duty serving army-man who were offering Fajr prayers in the mosque inside the compound were also killed in the attack. He further added that six people were maimed in the attack.

Militants attacked Kaki cop shoppe, 15 kilometres south of Bannu, injuring two coppers including the Station House Officer (SHO) in an exchange of fire during the early hours of Monday.

According to Dawn.com sources, Army arrived at the site of attack and surrounded the area whereas local villagers also supported the security personnel during the clash.

Hospital sources confirmed receiving six bodies and several injured, including the SHO of Kaki cop shoppe.

While talking to Dawn.com's correspondent, security sources said that two forces of Evil blew themselves up inside the cop shoppe whereas three local civilians aiding the security forces were killed during the clash.

The forces of Evil were holed up in a mosque inside the cop shoppe compound, enabling the attackers to resist the security forces and to prolong the gun-battle for three hours.

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-11