16 killed in attacks in Pak

In a series of terror attacks targeting security forces, at least 16 persons, including six militants and three security personnel, were killed and over 20 injured in Pakistan's restive northwest Thursday.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a security check post in Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing seven persons, including security personnel, officials said. The attacker targeted a check post manned by policemen and Frontier Corps personnel. A dozen people were injured in the attack, police said.

Meanwhile, militants attacked Maryan police station in Bannu area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province at 6:30 am, triggering a fierce gun battle, killing six militants and injuring a policeman. The attack was successfully thwarted and six militants killed, district police chief Nisar Tanoli told reporters.

Reports said several of the attackers blew themselves up while others were shot dead. The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for both the terror attacks.

Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told reporters that suicide bombers were involved in the attack, which was launched to avenge the killings of militants who were in the custody of authorities.

Also on Thursday , three persons were killed and nine others injured when a vehicle carrying pro-government militia was targeted with an improvised explosive device in Orkazai tribal region, officials said.

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