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Taliban Denies Cease-Fire, Talks With Pakistan


People carry an injured member of police station staff in Daraban near Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, November 23, 2011.

People carry an injured member of police station staff in Daraban near Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, November 23, 2011.

The Pakistani Taliban says it has not declared a cease-fire or entered into peace talks with the government, as it claims responsibility for a deadly attack on a police station.

A dozen militants carried out the assault Wednesday in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, using grenades and guns to kill two police officers and wound four others.

The attack comes a day after the Associated Press quoted a senior Taliban commander who said the group had declared a cease-fire to encourage new peace talks.

But Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan on Wednesday denied the militant group was in talks with the government. He told reporters that if the Taliban had announced a cease-fire, the militant group would not have attacked the police station.

Pakistan's army and interior minister have already issued their own denials.

An army spokesman said Tuesday the reports are "concocted, baseless and unfounded."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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