Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Denies Cease-fire

Published November 23, 2011 5:36AM (EST)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban's spokesman has denied the group agreed to a cease-fire or is in talks with the government.

The denial comes after an attack Wednesday on a police station that officials say killed two officers.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has claimed responsibility for the attack in the northwest city of Dera Ismail Khan.

Police officer Sohail Khan says a dozen militants threw grenades at the Daraban police station and then gunned down two officers inside. Four policemen were wounded. The militants grabbed guns and police uniforms and escaped.

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander said Monday the group agreed to a cease-fire a month ago to encourage nascent peace talks with the government. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of issue's sensitivity.

By Salon Staff

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