Terrorists go on rampage in Lahore

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ISLAMABAD. October 16. KAZINFORM. Militants targeted Pakistan's law enforcement facilities in the Punjab capital of Lahore and the northwest with coordinated bomb attacks on Thursday, leaving 39 people dead and dozens injured in an escalating wave of violence; Kazinform refers to Arab News.

President Asif Ali Zardari said the bloodshed would not deter the government from its mission to eliminate the extremists.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, though suspicion fell on the Pakistani Taleban who have claimed other recent strikes that have killed 100 people in the past week.

Lahore Commissioner Khusro Pervez accused Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of financing the attacks in the city, which is 40 km from the Indian frontier.

The assaults began about 9 a.m. when a gunman wearing civilian clothes and a suicide vest burst into the offices of the Federal Investigation Agency, the national law enforcement body, and began shooting, said Rana Sanaullah, Punjab law minister. He killed six people, four of them civilians, and was killed by guards at the building before he could detonate his explosives.

Soon after, three gunmen raided a police training school on the outskirts of the city, killing 11 officers and recruits, before police killed all the attackers, Sanaullah said. The facility was the scene earlier this year of an eight-hour militant standoff that left 12 people dead.

In the Taleban-infested northwest, a suicide car bomb exploded near a police station in Kohat city, collapsing half the building and killing 11 people - three police officers and eight civilians, Kohat police chief Abdullah Khan said; Kazinform cites Arab News. See www.arabnews.com for full version.

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