Five killed in northwest Pakistan violence: report
May 16, 2007 - 4:53:44 PM

Islamabad, May 16 - At least five people were killed and 18 others, including six security men, were injured in incidents of firing after a blast in a northwestern Pakistan town Wednesday, a TV channel reported.

The private Aaj TV reported that violence erupted when local militants attacked security men in the town of Tank near South Waziristan in the troubled Afghan border area.

There was no official word on the violence.

Tank is in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province, about 100 km from the Afghan border.

Information from the city suggested that unidentified men started firing indiscriminately after a blast near a police station.

Shopkeepers closed down shops in panic and the city was deserted in minutes.

TV channels reported that students and government employees were confined to their buildings, as they could not move out due to firing.

Reports said that armed men also used heavy weapons including mortars and security posts and property were attacked with rockets in a few hours of onslaught.

The local authorities in Tank imposed temporary curfew Monday after unidentified men threw a hand grenade on a vehicle of security forces, killing a paramilitary soldier and injuring two others.

The Tank city had severe clashes in late March when hundreds of heavily armed militants attacked security forces in the city.

Up to 25 militants were killed along with a soldier and a civilian in the town.

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