Pakistan Retakes Police School From Gunmen

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2009 5:52 AM CDT
Pakistan Retakes Police School From Gunmen
Rescuers carry an injured Pakistani police officer outside a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, March 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistani security forces overpowered a group of gunmen who staged a deadly, highly coordinated assault on a police academy today, capturing six of the militants while eight others died during an hours-long battle in the country's east. Apart from the militants, the assault left eight police and three civilians dead, Pakistani officials reported.

Security forces including the army battled the gunmen for around eight hours. They managed to corner several on the top floor of a building on the compound, where the gunmen were holding some 35 hostages, said a top government official. Of the eight militants dead, two blew themselves up, he added. No group has yet taken responsibility for the assault. (More Lahore stories.)

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