Suicide bombing kills eight in Pakistan police station

Tuesday 11 December 2012 10.46
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Spokesman said bombing was revenge for killing nephew of former Taliban leader
Spokesman said bombing was revenge for killing nephew of former Taliban leader
The area is close to the border with Afghanistan, a hotbed of insurgency where attacks on security forces are common
The area is close to the border with Afghanistan, a hotbed of insurgency where attacks on security forces are common

Four Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan, killing at least eight police and local residents.

The Pakistan Taliban took responsibility for the attack near Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The area is close to the border with Afghanistan, a hotbed of insurgency where attacks on security forces are common.

An intelligence source said: "Three suicide bombers blew themselves up, while one was shot by police before he could blow himself up".

A spokesman for the militant group said the bombing was revenge for the killing of the nephew of former leader Baitullah Mehsud last month.

Mehsud died in a US drone strike in 2009.