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21 Jul 2019 | 08:33 AM UTC

Pakistan: Twin attack kills eight, wounds 30 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa July 21

Pakistan News Alert

Twin attack targeting police and hospital leaves eight dead and more than 30 wounded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on July 21; remain vigilant for militant activity

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Dera Ismail Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

Event

A twin attack targeting police left at least eight dead and more than 30 others wounded in a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa town on Sunday, July 21. Gunmen on motorbikes opened fire one a police post in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday morning (local time), killing two police officers. When the victims were brought to a government hospital, a suicide bomber detonated their explosives, killing two more police officers and four civilians. Around 30 others were wounded in the hospital explosion. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are likely; limited or strained health services and further militant activity are possible.

Context

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

Advice

Individuals in the area, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa more generally, are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity, avoid the area of the attacks, anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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