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Pakistan: 10 killed in suicide attack on police station in Swat Valley

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Inspector General of Police Akhtar Hayat Khan said that security officials are on ‘high alert’ across the province. At least 10 people, including eight policemen, were killed and more than 20 injured in a “suspected suicide attack” at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Swat’s Kabal on Monday, Dawn newspaper quoted police as saying. People got injured.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban have claimed similar attacks in recent months after ending a ceasefire with the government.

Earlier, District Police Officer (DPO) Shafi Ullah Gandapur said that there were two explosions inside the police station, which destroyed the building, Geo News reported.

Police said several people were buried under the debris, while the injured were being taken to Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital. Meanwhile, emergency was declared in all the nearby hospitals.

Home Minister Rana Sanaullah condemned the blast and expressed grief over the loss of lives. He said, ‘Terrorism will be uprooted soon.’

Radio Pakistan reported that KP’s Acting Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan has also strongly condemned the blast and directed the concerned authorities to speed up the rescue and relief operations.

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