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Taliban storm town police station in Pakistan, kill officer

June 26, 2019

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed a police station in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan on Wednesday, triggering a shootout that killed a policeman and all three assailants, authorities said.

At least one other policeman was wounded in the attack in the town of Loralai, which was quickly claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

According to district police chief Jawad Tariq, two suicide bombers detonated their explosives vests while the third militant was killed by police officers shortly after they came under attack.

“Because of the alertness of police, all three terrorists were killed,” Tariq said.

Mohammad Khurasani, a Taliban spokesman, gave no details about the attack.

Pakistan’s Baluchistan province has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region’s natural resources, such as gas and oil.

Pakistani militant groups also have a presence in Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan.

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