Two killed, five injured in Taliban attacks in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 12 (IANS) At least two people were killed and five injured in three separate attacks carried out by Taliban militants in Pakistan on Saturday, local media and officials said.

The first incident happened in the capital city Quetta of the country’s southwest Balochistan province where the militants attacked a checkpost of paramilitary troops.

One Frontier Corp trooper was killed in the attack while four others including a passerby were injured.

In a separate attack in the capital city Peshawar of the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a senior police officer was injured when insurgents opened fire at his vehicle.

The officer, who was on his way to the police station, sustained multiple injuries in the attack by two assailants riding a motorbike.

In the third attack, a retired army officer was shot dead in the capital city Karachi of the country’s south Sindh province.

Police said that the insurgents riding a motorbike killed the ex-officer and fled the scene.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban) claimed responsibility for all the three attacks on the security personnel.

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