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'Attackers kill 5 policemen in Pakistan'
Pakistani policemen (file photo)
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At least five police officers have been killed after unknown assailants launched two separate attacks in the northwest of Pakistan where the government troops are fighting militants, Press TV reports.

Attackers armed with assault rifles, grenades, and smoke bombs attacked a police station in the Kotwali area of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and situated 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, on Friday morning, killing at least three policemen.

Police officer, Sattar Khan, said seven other policemen had also been wounded in the attack.

City police chief, Imtiaz Altaf, said, during the incident, three assailants attacked the main gate and entered the building before blowing themselves up when the police returned fire.

He added that the attackers wanted to occupy the police station, but failed in their attempt.

Law enforcement agents cordoned off the area after the incident and transferred the injured policemen to a local hospital.

The attack was the latest in a spate of violence in or close to Peshawar. The northwestern Pakistan city has been a frequent target of militant attacks over the past few years, but mostly bomb blasts not coordinated assaults similar to the recent one.

Meanwhile, two policemen were killed in a firefight with gunmen in the Mir Alam area of Abbottabad, a garrison city, located 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Islamabad, late on Thursday.

Police forces killed one assailant during the gun battle, while two others managed to escape. The police have arrested several suspects in connection with the attack.

Militants, known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and their associated groups have carried out numerous attacks on security forces and civilians and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country, despite frequent offensives against them by the Pakistani government.

Over 35,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001 when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror, according to local media.

Since late 2009, there has been a surge in militant attacks in Pakistan.

Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping the country.

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