Peshawar, Bannu attacks reminds extremism still a threat for Pak: US

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Islamabad, Sep.27 (ANI): The United States has said that extremism remains a threat for the Pakistanis and the country's democratic set-up.

Referring to Saturday's terror attacks in Peshawar and Bannu, a statement released by the US embassy here said the twin attacks were a grim reminder of the extremist threat.

"The attacks highlighted the inhuman nature of the enemy whose real target was the democratically elected government and the security of the citizens," The Daily Times quoted the statement, as saying.

"We extend our sympathy to the victims of the blasts and the families and friends of those who lost their lives. We honour those brave Pakistani military, police and security personnel who are engaged in combating these extremists," it added.

It may be noted that 20 people were killed and over 100 others sustained injuries in two separate suicide attacks in Peshawar and Bannu on Saturday.

The first attack took place in Bannu early in the morning when attackers rammed a truck carrying approximately 150 kilograms of explosives into a police station, killing 10 peopl on the spot besides injuring 50 others.

Hours later, a powerful rocked Peshawar killing another 10 persons.

Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told media persons that the two attacks were a part of militants' revenge against the military campaign being carried out in the Swat and Malakand Divisions.

Later, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the Bannu attack and warned of more attacks across the country.

"Taliban claim responsibility for the attack on the police station in Bannu," the self proclaimed Taliban spokesman Qari Hussain.(ANI)

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