Pakistan militants attack administrative compound

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PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: Militants disguised as tribal police officers and wearing vests packed with explosives mounted a coordinated attack on a central office of the tribal administration in Peshawar on Monday, killing five people and wounding seven others.

The attackers struck the offices of the political agent of the Khyber tribal agency along the border with Afghanistan, whose main administrator works from an office in Peshawar.

One bomber set off his explosives near the main entrance to the complex, killing one guard and wounding five others.

At least two other assailants entered the compound and exchanged fire with police officers defending it. Four members of the paramilitary force were killed, either by gunfire or a blast set off by one of the attackers.

A police official said that four militants were involved in the attack and that they appeared to be trying to free prisoners who had just arrived at the compound in a van.

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