ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Xinhua) -- At least three policemen were killed and another three wounded in an attack launched by two militants at a police station in Pakistan's northwest city of Bannu on Monday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.
Pakistan Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack hours after the attack.
Earlier on Monday morning, at about 9:40 a.m. local time, two militants, diguised themselves in women's dress, launched an attack on a police station in Bannu, a city located just several kilometers to the eastern border of North Waziristan, a tribal area in northwest Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan.
Earlier local media reports said some six to eight militants were involved in the attack. But it turned out later only two militants were involved in the attack.
The attackers first hurled two grenades at the police station before they entered the building of the station.
Fierce gunfire was reported following the blasts.
Local media said that several police were held hostage by the attackers after they entered the building of the police station.
Local police and security forces quickly surrounded the building occupied by the attackers. Large contingent of army was also called in for help.
During the stand-off between the attackers and the security forces, local government announced a curfew in the city in fear of more possible attacks by militants. All the main roads leading to the city were also blocked, said local reports.
One of the attackers reportedly blew himself up after he was cornered inside the building by the police and army for more than one hour. Another attacker was later arrested on the spot.
Following the reopening of the NATO supply routes in Pakistan earlier in July, there were at least three attacks launched by militants at the police and army in the country.
Prior to Monday's attack, on July 9, militants launched an attack on an army camp in Pakistan's eastern area of Gujrat, killing seven people and wounding five others. On July 12, nine policemen were killed by six militants in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore. Pakistan Taliban later claimed responsibility for both of the attacks.