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Monday, March 30, 2009

Pakistan: Taliban behind Lahore attack

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:16:44 GMT | PressTV

Pakistani police arrests a suspected militant (R) near the site of the training academy
Pakistan's interior ministry chief says Taliban militants have been responsible for besieging a police-training academy near the city of Lahore.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik told a press conference in Lahore that the attack was planned in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

He added that militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud were suspected of carrying out the lethal attack. He emphasized that militants in tribal areas receive training from across the border in Afghanistan.

The incident took place early on Monday when gunmen in police uniform broke into the Manawan police training school outside Lahore and attacked recruits with hand grenades and random gunfire.

There is still conflicting reports on the casualties. Earlier reports have said at least 25 people were killed and 90 others injured when the masked gunmen attacked the police.

A high-level committee has been formed to probe the terror attack in Lahore, and will present its reports within three days.

The incident came less than a month after gunmen carried out a major assault on the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, leaving eight Pakistani policemen dead and injuring seven players along with their coach.

Pakistan's nuclear-armed neighbor India has condemned the Lahore attack, saying it threatened security across the troubled region.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in hundreds of suicide bombings by al-Qaeda and Taliban linked militants.

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