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Patrolling security personnel attacked by unknown gunmen in NW Pakistan, three killed

(Xinhua)

10:13, February 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- At least three people including two security personnel were killed by unknown gunmen in Pakistan's northwest district of Abbottabad on Wednesday night, said police.

Local Urdu TV channel Geo quoted police sources as saying that the attack took place late Wednesday night when two security personnel patrolling on a motorbike were ambushed by some unknown gunmen in the Mir Alam town of Abbottabad, a district lying some 60 kilometers north of Islamabad, the country's capital.

The two security persons on the motorbike were killed right on the spot and another passer-by was also killed in the firing.

The gunmen fled the scene after opening fire on the motorbike, said local police, adding that a search operation was kicked off in the surrounding areas to track down the attackers.

A beautiful mountainous town described by local people as a back garden yard of Islamabad, Abbottabad made its name known to the world when the U.S. special task forces killed the world's No. 1 terrorist Osama bin Laden in a raid upon his compound in Abbottabad in May 2011.

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