One cop killed as bombers hit two police stations in Pakistan
As the Pakistani security forces reportedly killed 38 militants at different places in restive north of the country, suicide bombings rocked two police stations in Mansehra and Balakot towns in northern mountainous region of Pakistan on Saturday.
The station house officer of Balakot police station was killed and several policemen were injured in the two blasts in Mansehra district.
MANSEHRA: Two police stations in Balakot and Mansehra were rocked with suicide bombings killing an SHO of Balakot police station and injuring several other personnel, Geo News reported Saturday.
The gunshots are still being heard from Mansehra police station. There are reports that the suicide bomber at Mansehra police station had various accomplices, who are hiding in various offices. Contradictory reports are pouring in regarding the ensuing gunshots.
The injured in the two blasts have been shifted to the hospitals.
Police have put security cordon around the two police stations.
According to police sources, a suspected man tried to enter the Mansehra police station; but, on being stopped for checking, he blew him up, injuring the personnel on duty at gate.
Balakot police station was housed in a makeshift shanty after its building was ravaged in a devastating earthquake. The injured police have been shifted to Civil police station.
There are also reports that police have arrested some accomplice in Balakot.
At least 30 terrorists have been killed in Shawwal mountains of South Waziristan Agency (SWA), Geo News quoted Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources as saying Saturday.
The ISPR sources said the sting action was launched on a tip-off that terrorists are holed up in the mountains of Shawwal.
Eight militants were killed during clashes between security forces and militants in Swat and Kyber Agency.
Sources said security forces launched search operation in Mingora and adjoining areas on Saturday morning. Four militants were killed during exchange of fire between forces and militants in Ogday area.
Meanwhile, militants attacked FC check post in Ferozkhel area in tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency early today. Four militants killed in retaliatory fire whereas others managed to flee. Curfew remained imposed in the area.