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Bombing kills 5 at police station in Pakistan

By HUSSAIN AFZAL
The Associated Press
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 12:58 AM

PARACHINAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing five and wounding more than two dozen people, police said.

It was the second attack in as many days against police in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that has been hit by militants many times over the past several years.

The dead included one officer and four passers-by, said Rashid Khan, the top police official in Hangu. Most of the roughly 30 wounded in the attack in Doaba town were also passers-by, he said.

The police tried to stop the bomber to check his car for explosives, but he sped past them into the station, said Khan. The blast also damaged several nearby homes and shops, Khan said.

On Wednesday, a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in Hangu, wounding six officers. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Taliban militants have regularly targeted police throughout the northwest.

Hangu is located close to Pakistan's troubled tribal region, where Taliban and al-Qaida fighters have flourished.

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