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8 killed in bombing at Pakistani police station

ISLAMABAD — Taliban suicide bombers attacked a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing at least eight people, including three police officers, officials said.

Two militants detonated their suicide vests during a battle with police at the station near Bannu; a third attacker escaped.

Bannu’s proximity to North Waziristan, the tribal district that is the main hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, makes it particularly vulnerable.

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Pakistani officials have rejected US pressure to open a military operation in North Waziristan, citing the difficulties of operating in the area, which is also the main focus of the CIA’s drone operations.

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One drone strike last week killed an Al Qaeda commander from Kuwait who was thought to be close to the network’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, which a spokesman said was revenge for the death of Ibrahim Mehsud, a nephew of former Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in November.

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