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Suicide bombers attack court compound in Pakistan's Peshawar

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Suspected suicide bombers attacked a judicial compound in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, killed three people and took hostages, officials said.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said ten gunmen had made their way into the complex and were exchanging fire with security forces in an apparent bid to break into a jail holding their comrades.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the operation. Police forces sealed off roads around the complex.

Taliban militants, who are close to al Qaeda, are fighting to topple Pakistan's U.S.-backed government and impose their radical version of Islam.

They have targeted the military, security forces and civilians.

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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