Four killed in Taliban gun battle in NW Pakistan

Other News Materials 28 November 2008 06:17 (UTC +04:00)

At least four people, two of them Taliban militants, were killed during a gun battle in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, police said Wednesday, TehranTimes reported.

Taliban militants attacked civilians in the Mattni area on the outskirts of Peshawar Tuesday night, triggering gunfire between civilians and rebels, local police official Yasin Khan said.

""As a result, two Taliban were killed and five others wounded,"" Khan told AFP.

He added that four civilians were also wounded in the shooting, and that the rebels were forced to run away after police joined the people in the area to thwart the attack.

""However, Taliban took with them two civilians and later killed them,"" he said, adding that police later found their bodies dumped in a nearby area.

Khan said that one of the victims had their throat slashed while the other suffered multiple bullet wounds.

Separately, suspected Taliban militants fired at least five rockets on different parts of Peshawar late Tuesday, with no injuries reported.

""Rockets fell in different areas of the city but did not cause any loss of life,"" police official Abdul Qadir Qamar told AFP.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, but Qamar said it was likely a reaction to ongoing military operations in the restive tribal region.

Peshawar is the capital city of North West Frontier Province, where Taliban- and al-Qaeda-linked militants are active.