Militants Attack Pakistan Court Complex; 3 Dead
Dozens injured in suicide bombing, gun fight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2013 12:01 AM CDT
Pakistan army soldiers rush to the scene of a bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

(Newser) – Militant gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a court complex in northwestern Pakistan today, killing at least three people and wounding more than two dozen, a government official said. The attackers may have been trying to free militant colleagues jailed on the premises of the compound in Peshawar, said local minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain. Security forces waged a gun battle with the militants, and Hussain initially suggested that the attackers may have taken some hostages. He later said the situation was under control, without providing details.

The wounded included a female judge, said a local police officer. The area has been cordoned off, and elite commandos have been sent in to deal with the attackers, he said. Local TV footage showed people running for safety. Injured people were being assisted by others to escape. They included a pair of policemen, a lawyer, and other civilians, including one man whose clothes had been torn to shreds. Police commandos and army soldiers rushed toward the complex, as the injured were shifted to stretchers and taken to the hospital. Peshawar is located on the border of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region, the main sanctuary for Taliban militants.

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19_56_19_55
Mar 18, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
When is the Pakistan government & the innocent people of Pakistan going to take action against their enemies that are all hiding out in the tribal area of Pakistan. What is Pakistan's military scared of. Pakistan's leaders for the most part are not committed to wiping out the Taliban or the other terrorist groups in Pakistan. Pakistan is goofy. They don't like us using drones to kill the terrorist they don't want us to go kick them out. In the past we have made horrible horrible mistakes that took innocent lives but they were mistakes and there were mass protest over them. I would like to know why we don't see the protest over the Taliban & the other terrorist groups that even take credit for bombing's & all other types of killings of innocent people. Pakistan's government should be proud of themselves for being the biggest coward country I can think of. Wake up people of Pakistan and fight these scum of earth kill them as they wouldn't think twice about killing you.
Spudsy
Mar 18, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
Why so many folks checking "hilarious" on this story? Because this shit will happen you try to play both sides of the terror game as the government of Pakistan is doing. Couldn't happen to a "nicer" bunch of assholes.