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Latest update : 2009-02-07

Unidentified gunmen killed seven police officers in an attack on a checkpoint in central Pakistan, police sources said. The attackers first shot two guards and then blew up the checkpoint building in the town of Mianwali.

AFP - Unidentified assailants killed seven policemen in a pre-dawn attack Saturday on a checkpoint in central Pakistan, police and officials said.
   
The attackers first gunned down two police guards and then blew up the checkpoint building with explosives in the town of Mianwali bordering the country's restive North West Frontier Province.
   
"Seven police were killed in the pre-dawn attack," police chief Shaukat Javed told AFP. Local officials also confirmed the attack.
   
It was not clear wether the Mianwali raid was linked to the continuing violence in the northwestern region, where the army is battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked groups.
   
On Thursday a suicide bomber killed 33 people near a Shiite Muslim mosque in the town of Dera Ghazi Khan, also in central Punjab province.
 

Date created : 2009-02-07

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