Taliban-linked suicide bombing kills 24 at Pakistan military base

Militants rammed an explosive-laden truck into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 24 people, two security officials said, the latest devastating attack in recent months claimed by a Pakistani Taliban group.

The bomb and gun attack occurred in the district of Dera Ismail Khan on the edge of the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, security officials told Reuters.

The police station was being used by the Pakistani Army as a base camp, they said, adding that several militants first rammed the truck into its boundary wall, then others attacked with guns.

There was no official confirmation of the death toll.

In a statement, a Pakistani Taliban group, the Tahreek-e-Jihad Pakistan (TJP), which has emerged recently, said its militants carried out the attack aimed at the Pakistani army.

Policemen take position near the site of an attack to a police compound in Karachi on February 17, 2023. A gunbattle was raging inside a Pakistan police compound in the port city of Karachi in which Pakistan’s Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

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