Pakistani Taliban claim ambush, suicide blast in northwestern Pakistan with nine dead

Pakistani Taliban claim ambush, suicide blast in northwestern Pakistan with nine dead
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Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bombing on an entrance of a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, Sunday, July 21, 2019. Police in Pakistan say gunmen opened fire on a police post and then bombed the entrance to a hospital as the wounded were being brought in.(AP)
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At least three persons were martyred while eight others injured in a suicide bomb blast inside trauma Centre of District Headquarter hospital D.I.Khan on Sunday morning. Photo Courtesy: Radio Pakistan
Updated 21 July 2019

Pakistani Taliban claim ambush, suicide blast in northwestern Pakistan with nine dead

Pakistani Taliban claim ambush, suicide blast in northwestern Pakistan with nine dead
  • Taliban say the attacks were revenge for a June operation where a member of their group died
  • Six policemen were martyred in the attacks

PESHAWAR: At least nine people have died in two related incidents in Dera Ismail Khan, a district in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in an attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
According to a TTP statement released to the media, the spokesperson of the banned militant group has claimed that the twin attacks were payback for a counter-terrorism operation in June where a member of their group, Zia-ur-Rehman, was killed by police in Dera Ismail Khan’s Kotla Syedan area.
Rehman was gunned down in a joint police operation and was wanted in several incidents of militancy and robberies, according to local media reports.
On Sunday morning, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at the Kotlan Syedan police check-post where two officers died.
Following the gun attack, a powerful suicide blast killed three civilians and four policemen at the hospital where the shooting victims were being moved. About 30 people have reportedly been injured in the bombing.
Preliminary reports that came from the district’s deputy commissioner, Muhammad Umair, suggested the bomber was a woman, but the TTP statement claims it was a man.
In February, Taliban gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle and killed four officers. That ambush was claimed by the Hizbul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban.
Dera Ismail Khan is on the edge of Pakistan’s former tribal areas that border Afghanistan, large parts of which were once controlled by the Pakistani Taliban before military operations in 2009 and 2014 ended militant control of the region.