Police commandos take positions near the security force's intelligence office in Bannu, July 16, 2012. — Photo by AP

PESHAWAR: Taliban suicide bombers dressed in burqas stormed a police station on Monday, sparking gunbattles in the northwestern town of Bannu, officials said.

The militants threw hand grenades and opened fire on the building used by police intelligence, senior police official Nisar Ahmed told AFP.

“One suicide bomber blew himself up, while the other was shot dead by police,” Ahmed said.

Three policemen were wounded, but an officer who was initially reported dead is still alive and in a coma, Ahmed added.

Police vehicles were destroyed and the building also damaged, he said.

The army's quick reaction unit was called in to assist police, military officials said.

A senior Army official confirmed the police account of the attack.

“The situation is stable now,” he added.

Police had earlier said up to five militants attacked the building, where the attack forced a curfew in the city, 150 miles southwest from Islamabad.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility in a telephone call to AFP. The group has waged an insurgency in the northwest that has killed thousands of people since July 2007.

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Muhammad Younus
July 16, 2012 1:30 pm
We don't know where we are going.The honorable politicians are busy making laws to protect their corruption and the poor always at loss.Mr.Rehman Malik Knows where Bannu is Mr.Zardari knows where Bannu is am sure NO.Mr Rahman Malik the so called Interior Minister will as orders for reports and TA TA.Sharam tum ko magar nahin aathe.We as a nation astonished all including Eatezaz Ehsan and all Parliment is becoming pagal to save just Zardare.They admitting the fact impliedly we all CHOR.Shame on you all.
July 16, 2012 3:33 pm
These murderous, bloody mercenaries who call themselves as Talibans, must be chased and eliminated so be their sympethisers. They are a modren version of Sabais (followers of Hasan Bin Sabah, Sheikh Al Jibal in 12 th century). These assassins have not only kept our society hostage but are also playing in the hands of eternal enemies of Pakistan.
M Khaleeq
July 16, 2012 10:16 pm
Suicide bombers are the enemy of Pakistan and Islam. All those organisation who support them should be illiminated one way or the other. Their supporters are traitors.
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