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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Lahore police center attack: Siege ends, 8 policemen, 4 attackers killed, 4 held

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

- Arrested man is Afghan national; foreign hand can not be ruled out: Rehman Malik

Lahore, 31 March, (Asiantribune.com): Pakistani security forces succeeded in overpowering militants who seized a police academy in the Manawan area on Lahore's outskirts early Monday.

After eight-hour operation, security forces regained control of the Police Center, while two terrorists present inside the building blew themselves up to avoid arrests.

At least 13 people including four terrorists, eight policemen and passerby were killed in the attack while 95 policemen were injured. Security forces have also arrested four terrorists before regaining control of the besieged Police Center.

One suspect was arrested from a helipad near training school and two grenades were also seized from his possession while three bearded men in vests surrendered to the small group of armed security forces and commandos on the rooftop of the main academy building during operation. The arrested attackers have been shifted to some undisclosed location for interrogation.

Earlier the terrorists attached the Police Center situated near Manawan Village on GT Road Lahore early Monday at 7:20am when up to 850 police recruits were busy with morning drill at the academy. The training centre is on the outskirts of the Lahore city, on the road to the nearby border with India.

The attackers first lobbed hand grenades into the training ground from the outside wall, which spread smoke all over the place.

Later, they broke into the building and opened fire on unarmed policemen before taking positions.

The Pak army, rangers, elite forces and policemen, after receiving the information about the attack, reached the scene and launched operation against the armed attackers.

Arrested terrorist is Afghan national: Rehman

Lahore: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik has said that the terrorist arrested from Manawan is an Afghan national and hails from Paktika province of Afghanistan.

Speaking to media persons at the Rangers Headquarter Lahore on Monday, he said the attack on Manawan Police Academy was planned in South Waziristan.

He said that investigations were underway to find more information in this connection.

"The Inspector General of Punjab will brief the media on Saturday to share more details of the terror attack," he said.

Rehman said: "Three more suspects have also been arrested after the attack."

To a question, the interior adviser said that foreign hand could not be ruled out.

- Asian Tribune -

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