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Attack sets off hours-long gun battle in Pakistan's volatile northwest.
Militants swarmed a police checkpoint in northwest Pakistan late Sunday in an attack that took the lives of at least five officers, local officials today told Agence-France Presse.
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Local police official Nasim Hayat told AFP: "Dozens of militants attacked the checkpost, killing four policemen including senior official Khushid Khan and two paramilitary FC [Frontier Constabulary] men."
The attack, which BBC said started an hours-long gun battle, took place near Mattani outside the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Hayat told AFP the attackers left the security checkpoint and three police vehicles in flames.
The Pakistani Taliban have reportedly claimed the attack.