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The target of Monday’s attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar was the office of the top political official for the Khyber tribal area, a major militant sanctuary in the country. The militants were disguised in the same type of uniform worn by the tribal policemen who protect the compound.

Four militants opened fire on the policemen protecting the compound and managed to get inside, said senior tribal policeman Sajad Hussain. Once inside, three of the attackers detonated their suicide vests, said Mr. Hussain. It’s unclear what happened to the fourth attacker.

Six people were killed in the attack, including four tribal policemen and two civilians, said senior policeman Shafqat Malik. Thirteen people were wounded, including some who were inside an office that collapsed from the force of the explosions.

An eyewitness, Shahid Shinwari, said the militants launched the attack when a van carrying prisoners arrived at the office compound. The militants tried to free the prisoners from the van, he said.

The compound is open to members of the public on Mondays, and it was filled with dozens of people who became trapped inside by the attack. Soldiers and police responded to the attack, and the people trapped inside were eventually freed.

Local TV footage showed them walking out of the compound with their hands raised as they were led out of the compound to an area for screening. White smoke from the explosions billowed out of the compound.

• Riaz Khan reported from Peshawar, Pakistan. Associated Press writer Adil Jawad in Karachi, Zaheer Babar in Lahore and Zarar Khan in Islamabad contributed to this article.

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