Six policemen killed in Islamabad suicide attack (Second Lead)

April 4th, 2009 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) At least six Pakistani police personnel were killed in a suicide bomb attack followed by loud gun shots in a high security area of Islamabad Saturday evening, police said.
Senior Superintendent of Police Tahir Alam said a suicide bomber blew himself up when Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were having dinner in a check post near the crowded Jinnah Super Market.

Six of the security men were killed and several more injured, Alam said. The body of the suspected suicide bomber has also been recovered.

TV channels said the blast was followed by loud firing and one report said that some attackers had taken shelter in one of the houses of the F7 neighbourhood, which is one of Islamabad’s poshest areas. A TV report said at least eight attackers are holed up in the area.

However, the police officer denied any exchange of fire, saying the security men fired in the air to scare away any other attackers. He said no militant was holed up.

Rescue workers and ambulances were rushed to the spot.

The attack set off panic among residents of the area.

Violence in Pakistan has surged in recent months amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist militants. The latest attack comes five days after the March 30 terror assault on the Manawan police academy on Lahore’s outskirts when heavily armed militants held over 400 trainees hostage for over eight hours before Pakistani security forces recaptured the complex.

At least 18 people, including two civilians, eight policemen and eight militants, were killed and 95 injured in the terror attack owned up by Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud

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