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Pakistani Taliban threaten husband-and-wife bombings

June 27, 2011

The wreckage of an armoured vehicle are seen at a police station following an attack by Taliban militants in Kolachi, near the border with the South Waziristan tribal district, on June 26, 2011. – AFP

MIRAMSHAH: The Pakistani Taliban claimed Monday that a married Uzbek couple carried out a suicide attack on a police station at the weekend and threatened further husband-and-wife bombings.

It was the first claim of its kind and only the second time that Pakistani police confirmed a woman blew herself up.

Ten policemen were killed Saturday when Taliban militants in burkas attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan, near South Waziristan, a lawless Islamist militant stronghold on the Afghan border.

“We sent a husband and wife,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP, identifying them as “Uzbek nationals”.

“We have several such couples and we will keep on targeting security forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan until the doors of oppression are shut.”

Pakistani officials had said six attackers were killed after a squad of fighters armed with guns and hand grenades, and disguised in burkas, attacked Kolachi police station and took a group of policemen hostage.

“According to information from our intelligence sources, the bombers were husband and wife but we don't have any substantial information to prove that at the moment,” police official Imtiaz Shah told AFP.

“The heads of the two bombers we have found show that they were not Pakistani,” he added.

As in practically all claims of responsibility since US forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, the Taliban said they were avenging his death.

“We sent one male and one female suicide bomber to participate in the attack because we want to liberate our people from the slavery of America,” spokesman Ehsan told AFP.

The Taliban have claimed a series of high-profile attacks on government security forces across the country since US Navy SEALs killed the al Qaeda terror chief in the garrison city of Abbottabad.