A husband and wife carried out a suicide attack that killed eight people at a police station in north-western Pakistan, the Taliban has said.

The attack took place late on Saturday in Kolachi, near the tribal region and Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan.

The pair entered the police station dressed in burkas, hiding rifles, hand grenades and suicide vests underneath.

They held staff hostage for several hours before detonating themselves, killing seven officers and a tea boy.

The pair pretended that they had a complaint to make when they initially entered the station before removing their burkas and launching an assault.

'Different strategies'

The BBC's Orla Guerin, in Islamabad, says that the use of a husband and wife suicide squad by the Pakistani Taliban is a new tactic, and a new threat.

Already, our correspondent adds, the militants have resorted to using children as human bombs. And a suicide attack in Pakistan's tribal areas last December was blamed on a woman bomber.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesman said the attack was carried out in retaliation for the killing of Osama Bin Laden on 2 May by US special forces, and for Pakistani government attacks against militants.
Husband and wife a new tactic? Hmm, sounds like desperate people are getting more desperate, which makes it easier for the taliban to recruit?

e.g. because they are already really angry about the war?

Sometimes i wonder if we are trying to wind up Muslim people by saying that a "man and wife" attack is a new tactic. I see what they mean, but I'm not sure that gives the correct impression without creating a racist Britain. *shrug*

Seriously , your guess is as good as mine. I am totally fed up with terrorism and counter-terorrism that only seems to make matters worse

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