Taliban assault teams launched simultaneous attacks against three police buildings in the eastern city of Lahore. Twenty-six people were killed in the attacks. The attacks follow last weekend’s assault on the Army General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
The assault teams targeted the Federal Investigation Agency building, the Manawan police training centee, and the Elite Force Headquarters.
“Different group of attackers have attacked and tried to enter two police training centers in Lahore,” Kamran Ahmad, a Lahore police official, told AFP. “We now have three near-simultaneous attacks against police facilities,”
At least three terrorists have been reported to have entered the Federal Investigation Agency building. Four government workers, four terrorists, and one civilian were reported to have been killed during the fighting.
An unknown number of terrorists attacked the Manawan police training center while wearing military uniforms, Geo News reported. Six police recruits, five police officers, and five terrorists were killed at Manawa. Three of the terrorists detonated their suicide vests during the attack and two were killed by police snipers.
A large blast was also heard at the Elite Force Headquarters, but it is still unclear if a suicide attack or other bombing was carried out. Terrorists are also reported to have assaulted the Elite Force building. One policeman and one terrorist were reported killed in the attack. The Elite Force is the Punjab police’s specialized unit assigned to counterterrorism and VIP protection missions.
Two of the police centers have been the targets of terror attacks in the past. The Manawan police training center was the target of a terrorist commando assault in March 2009, while the Federal Investigation Agency building was the target of a suicide attack in March 2008.
Also today, the Taliban conducted a suicide attack on a police station in the northwestern district of Kohat. Eight people, including policemen and children, were killed in the attack in Kohat.
Last weekend, a Punjabi Taliban group called the Amjad Farooqi Group carried out a commando-styled assault on the Army General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. The terrorists took 42 security personnel captive. Thirteen soldiers were killed, including a brigadier general and a lieutenant colonel, along with nine members of the assault team; and 39 hostages were freed.
Major attacks in Pakistan since Oct. 5:
Terrorist assault teams attacked the Federal Investigation Agency building, the Manawan police training centre, and the Elite Force Headquarters in Lahore.
A suicide bomber rammed a car into a police station in Kohat, killing eight people, including policemen and children.
A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives as a military convoy passed through a checkpoint in a market in Alpuri in Shangla. Forty-one people, including six security personnel, were killed in the attack.
An assault team attacked the Army General Headquarters and took 42 security personnel captive. Eleven soldiers were killed, including a brigadier general and a lieutenant colonel, along with nine members of the assault team; and 39 hostages were freed.
A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives in a bazaar in Peshawar, killing 49 civilians.
A suicide bomber entered the World Food Program office in Islamabad and detonated his vest, killing five UN workers, including an Iraqi.
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