Northwest Pakistan attacks kill 9

ISLAMABAD - Attacks on police patrols since Monday night in northwestern Pakistan have killed nine, including six police officers, and injured 29, police said Tuesday. 

Three people, including a police officer, were killed in a roadside blast in Charsadda district on Tuesday morning. Rajab Ali, a city police chief, told reporters that the bomb was planted in a stationary motorcycle and remotely detonated.

Gunmen killed five police officers and an ambulance driver in an attack on a patrolling van on the outskirts of Peshawar.

City police chief Ejaz Khan told reporters that three police offers were killed during the other attack while the others were killed when the assailants opened fire on an ambulance taking the injured to hospital.

Khan said security forces have launched a search operation in and around Peshawar to find the attackers. 

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks but security sources believe they could be a reaction to operations against the killing of ten Lashkar-e-Islam fighters in operations against the group in the last week.

This was the third attack on security forces after the Pakistani Taliban ended its 40-day long ceasefire with security forces last week.

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