Peshawar tense after suicide attack, two gunmen killed (Lead)

June 12th, 2009 - 7:16 am ICT by IANS  

Peshawar, June 12 (IANS) Pakistani security forces have shot dead two gunmen in overnight clashes in northwestern Peshawar city, close on the heels of a suicide bomb attack in which three people were killed and 13 policemen injured, as the city remained tense amid fears of more unrest.
Two gunmen were killed in a shootout that lasted for an hour on the Ring road Thursday night, the Geo TV said Friday, adding that seven of their accomplices have been captured.

The gunmen were trying to forcibly enter the house of a security official when the shootout took place, the report said, citing unnamed sources.

After the blast on the Ring road in Peshawar Thursday, incidents of gunfire have been reported on the G.T. road of the city. Authorities have beefed up security after the incidents.

The Ring road in Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province (NWFP), is considered a sensitive area.

Though the firing has stopped, Peshawar residents were still in a state of panic, the report said.

The district administration has said the situation in under control.

Meanwhile, heavy contingents of police have cordoned off the areas where the firing incidents were reported.

Authorities said two motorcycle-borne riders first hurled a hand grenade at the police stationed on the Ring Road and then a suicide bomber blew himself up at the site, killing three people and injuring 13 policemen.

The injured were rushed to hospitals.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has ordered an inquiry into the attack.

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