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120kg of explosives used to target police station in Pakistan, killing 23

ISLAMABAD (AP) – The suicide bomber who rammed his car into a police station’s main gate in Pakistan’s northwest used 120 kilogrammes of explosives, authorities said. The attack – one of the deadliest in months – killed 23 officers and wounded 32 others the day before.

Head of the bomb disposal unit Inayat Ullah said the explosives were fitted in the suicide attacker’s vehicle.

The assault – which also included five other militants opening fire before officers gunned them down – targeted Daraban police station in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan and is a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taleban, or TTP.

The militant Tehreek-e-Jihad Pakistan group – believed to be an offshoot of the TTP – claimed responsibility for the attack.

A large number of security forces from across Pakistan were recently deployed at the station for intelligence operations against militants in the area in coordination with the local police, authorities said.

PHOTO: AP
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