Multiple Taliban attacks foiled in Pakistan's Lahore, dozens killed

17:15, October 15, 2009      

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Pakistani policemen run to take position outside the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), a police building after gunmen attacked in Lahore. Police said the attack at the FIA building was quickly repelled and that firing had stopped at Manawan, where police reinforcements were inside. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

At least 14 Pakistani security personnel and 10 militants were killed on Thursday as groups of gunmen launched series of attacks on government and police buildings in Lahore, the capital of eastern Punjab province, police and officials said.

Armed militants simultaneously attacked the office of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and two police training centers in Lahore, police said.

The outlawed outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks in Lahore.

Punjab Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that a group of up to five militants entered the FIA building on Temple Road and killed two policemen and four FIA officials. One attackers was also killed in the shootout.

The minister said that the attackers tried to hold the policemen and officials hostages inside the building but failed due to quick response from the security men. Police arrested some suspects involved in the attack.

A group of 10 militants attacked the police training center at Manawan locality at 9:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) and threw grenades and opened fire at the policemen.

Principal of the training center Major Mubashir said that up to seven police men were killed. He said the security was tight and over 100 policemen were on duty.

The minister said a police parade was scheduled to be held in the training center but the gunmen attacked the building before the parade.

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