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Islamists kill 18 other muslims in Bannu, Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Eighteen people were killed and 15 others were wounded when a suicide bomber ploughed his explosives-laden car into a police station in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, officials said.

The bomber’s car struck Miryan police station on the outskirts of the town of Bannu and badly damaged a nearby mosque.

“We have received 18 dead bodies and 15 injured,” said Mohammad Rahim, a doctor in Bannu’s main hospital.

District police chief Mohammad Iftikhar said that most of those hurt were police officers and paramilitary personnel.

The attack was immediately claimed by Pakistani Taliban, who said it was to avenge US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt, which borders Afghanistan.

“We claim responsibility for this attack. We will continue such attacks unless the drone attacks are stopped,” Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq, speaking from an undisclosed location, by telephone.

The bomb followed a missile strike by an unmanned aircraft on a militant compound in the North Waziristan region at dawn on Wednesday, which killed five militants, security officials said.

The United States does not officially confirm the controversial drone attacks, which take place with Islamabad’s tacit approval and which US officials say has severely weakened Al-Qaeda’s leadership.


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Added: Jan-12-2011 
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