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Lahore: 9 policemen shot dead in Ichhra

- July 12, 2012 - Updated 630 PKT - From Web Edition

LAHORE: Gunmen on Thursday killed nine police and prison staff, and wounded three others after storming a building in Ichhra where they were sleeping, police said.


It was the second attack in three days on security personnel in the province of Punjab, raising fears of a fresh wave of violence.


Police said the dawn attack, in which 10 gunmen stormed a residential property housing officers from the country's troubled northwest who were in the city for training, bore the hallmarks of a similar assault on an army camp on Monday.


Punjab police chief Habibur Rehman said the attackers came on three motorcycles and one car, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades.


They then stormed the building in the densely populated area of Ichhra, where up to 35 police and prison staff were sleeping early Thursday.


"Nine people have died so far in this attack," Rehman told reporters at the scene.


Rescue workers wrapped bodies in white sheets and survivors sobbed over the deaths of their colleagues as bullet casings lay discarded outside the two-storey grey building.


Lahore city police chief Aslam Tareen told that nine people were also wounded.


Police blamed the "same gang" who killed seven security personnel at an army camp in District Gujrat on Monday.


"All defunct organisations are working in close cooperation with each other" to attack security forces, Rehman told reporters.


A senior security official told that in Monday's attack it was "highly likely" that the gunmen belonged to a banned organisation in league with the Taliban.

Reader Comments
Historically Pakistan has relied on the ISI but lately the rift between politicians and ISI has probably curtailed the ISI involvement. The intelligence unit of the police has proved to be utterly ineffective.What is going on?? Every day we see the incompetent Rehman Malik who increasingly appears to be a part of the problem on our screens. He has been totally ineffective. By now it must be a lesson to the state that someone more capable needs to take charge.

Dr Qureshi
United Kingdom
The federal and provinsial governments are not sincere. They have intention to preserve law and order. They are robers to loot money from Pakistan. Only the stupids do not learn a lesson. Even Nawaz talks against Zardari day and night but has no word for the people of Punjab. It look like that he is happy about Shahbaz minting money for his hell end.

m. a
What to do about Pakistan?

All defunct organisations are working in close cooperation with each other" to attack security forces, Rehman told reporters.Why can't they be arrested and put behind the bars if known that they are involved in such heinous acts of terrorism?

Amir Bangash
Government shall show a bit of sincerity to Pakistan and its people and grab these people to hang them openly in public. this is not the time to sit and only give comments and wait for another incident to happen.

Three days ago seven military personnel were murdered. Now nine policemen have been murdered in Ichhra. Investigations are ongoing and what will be the result. Flagged burials, a sentimental burial and strong words of 'stern action.' This is the fate of under trainees in a jobless market. Salams to poor Pakistan

N Habib
In order to prevent/minimize the loss in any such future attack on the LEAs, especially the Police, needs careful and thorough weapons practice, situational awareness, and efficient intelligence gathering. Why aren't military troops targeted as frequently as police? It's because of better training and superior firepower of an average soldier juxtaposed with an average policeman.

This is absolutely horrible news. For what it's worth, our deepest condolences go out to the families of the martyred policemen.

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