PAKISTAN (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Pakistani police and special forces killed five members of the Pakistani Taliban during a house siege on Monday evening in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials said.
The Islamic State Organization claimed responsibility for the Quetta attack.
A police officer was killed and two wounded during the 16-hour operation that ended with the destruction of the house, which police believe is an improvised explosive device.
“It was an operation based on information from our intelligence services,” Peshawar police chief Qazi Jamil told reporters.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said in a text message to reporters that five members of the group had been killed.
The Pakistani Taliban are an umbrella group of Islamist groups waging a war to overthrow the government and want to apply its strict interpretation of Islamic law in the country.
Militant forces have shrunk in recent years because of successive operations by the Pakistani military that have led to a sharp drop in militant violence.
But militants remain a threat, including the risk of attacks on easy targets such as a suicide bombing last week that killed 19 people, including a large number of members of the Shi’ite Hazara minority in Quetta in the southwest.
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