Islamabad: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists attacked a police station in Mianwali on Tuesday, a day after a suicide blast in Peshawar left 96 people dead.
However, police claimed late at night the attack had been repulsed. The attack is significant in that terrorists — who had so far targeted police stations and check posts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and areas bordering Afghanistan — have set their sights on a police station in Punjab for the first time since the resurgence of terrorism in the country, reports Dawn News.
Punjab Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar confirmed to Dawn in the early hours of Wednesday that armed attackers belonging to the banned militant organisation, TTP, claimed the attack on the police station.
He said police teams from three regions — Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan and Sargodha — besides Lahore police and Punjab CTD had reached Mianwali for a ‘grand operation’ against the TTP.
The gun battle lasted for two hours.
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