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Gunmen kill five in attacks on Pakistan police

At least five people were killed and two others wounded following two attacks in the restive northwestern city of Peshawar that targeted police personnel, officials said.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least five people were killed and two others wounded on Friday following two attacks in the restive northwestern city of Peshawar that targeted police personnel, officials said.

Three officers and a civilian were killed when gunmen opened fire on their van as they dined at a restaurant.

"The policemen were breaking their fast at a local restaurant at Landi Akhun Ahmed neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city when unknown assailants opened indiscriminate firing on their van killing three policemen and a waiter of the restaurant on the spot," senior police official Muhammad Faisal told AFP.

He said two other policemen were injured, adding that they are out of danger.

Muhammad Ijaz, the Peshawar police chief, also confirmed the incident.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the incident but the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) have been wedging an ongoing war against the state.

Earlier in the morning, a police van was blown up with an improvised explosive device (IED) at the centre of the city killing one police official.

Pakistan launched a long-awaited operation in the North Waziristan tribal district last month aimed at eliminating Taliban and other militant bases after a dramatic attack on Karachi airport which marked the end of a faltering peace process with the Pakistani Taliban.

More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee from North Waziristan by the offensive.

Analysts have warned that the operation would likely lead to reprisal attacks in Pakistan's major cities at the hands of sleeper cells of militant outfits linked to the Taliban.

Thousands of civilians have died since Islamist militants rose up against the Pakistani state more than a decade ago.

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