Taliban kill nine Pak policemen

 A group of heavily armed Taliban militants on Thursday gunned down nine policemen and injured as many in this eastern Pakistani city after storming a building where dozens of security personnel were living.

The militants came to the densely populated neighbourhood of Ichra early this morning in a car and three motorcycles and burst into the building after killing a lone policeman who was deployed outside.

“Nine policemen were killed in the attack,” Punjab Police chief Haji Habib-ur-Rehman told reporters at the scene of the attack. Rehman said the attack was carried out by a group of about 10 militants.

This was the second major attack on Pakistani security forces since the government reopened Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.
On Monday, seven soldiers and a policeman were killed when Taliban fighters attacked a Pakistan Army camp near Gujrat city.

A total of 37 policemen from the prison department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest were living in the building. They had come to Lahore for training at the National Academy for Prison Administration.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said the attack was carried out in retaliation for the “torture” of Taliban fighters in prisons in Punjab. Ehsan threatened more attacks in future.

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