Pakistani Taliban militants attacked a police station in Pakistan’s Punjab province

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Bannu, a northern district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in 2022
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Bannu, a northern district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan in 2022 Photo credit: AP

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Heavily armed Pakistani Taliban militants opened fire on a police station in the city of Mianwali in the Punjab province of Pakistan, days after a member of the dreaded organization blew himself up inside a mosque. Peshawar in which more than 100 people were killed..

Around 20 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants armed with automatic weapons attacked Mukival police station on Tuesday night but were repulsed by the law enforcement agency, District Police Officer Mianwali Mohammad Naveed said. Jio TV.

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The latest incident is significant as the TTP, which until now targeted police stations and check posts in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, bordering Afghanistan, has now trained its guns in Punjab province. Is.

According to social media reports, the attack began around 9 pm on January 31 when militants opened fire at the Makarwal police station using automatic weapons.

This resulted in a fierce exchange of retaliatory fire by the police which continued for over two hours. Don’s The newspaper reported.

The report stated that Punjab Inspector General of Police Dr. Usman Anwar said that the militants belong to TTP.

Makarwal in Tehsil Isa Khel is a hilly area known for coal mines.

A law enforcement official said the search operation was intensified after police teams failed to nab the militants, who managed to escape by taking advantage of the inaccessible terrain.

On Monday, a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan suicide bomber killed more than 100 worshipers at a mosque inside a large police facility in Peshawar, capital of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

A suicide bomber in the front row during zohr (afternoon) prayers on Monday blew himself up, causing the roof to collapse on worshipers, in one of Pakistan’s deadliest attacks in recent years, according to Pakistani security officials. There is one.

The TTP, formed in 2007 as an umbrella group of several militant outfits, broke a ceasefire with the federal government and ordered its militants to carry out terror attacks across the country.

The group, believed to be close to al-Qaeda, has been blamed for several deadly attacks across Pakistan, including the 2009 attack on army headquarters, attacks on military bases, and the 2008 attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. Includes bombing.

In 2014, the Pakistani Taliban stormed the Army Public School (APS) in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 150 people, including 131 students. Monday’s deadly attack sent shockwaves around the world and was widely condemned.

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