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CCTV footage shows terrorist exchanging fire with police

world Updated: Oct 21, 2009 15:45 IST

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Dramatic close circuit TV footage of the terror attack on the Federal Investigation Agency office in Lahore that was aired by news channels shows a gunman exchanging fire with security forces just before an explosion.

The footage of the attack –- one of three near-simultaneous assaults by terrorists in Lahore on October 15 -– shows pedestrians and police officers running helter-skelter just before an armed terrorist appears on the scene at 0926am.

The terrorist, clad in a white shalwar-kameez and with a blackbag on his back, opens fire on the FIA's provincial headquarters three minutes later and heads for the building.

Footage taken from another CCTV camera installed in the FIA office's compound shows a gunman running into the building, followed by a woman and a police guard.

The gunman then takes cover at the entrance of a building to dodge shots fired by snipers from the rooftop of the FIA office. He emerges from cover several times to fire at the security personnel.

At one stage, the terrorist appears to be hit a gunshot and stumbles before running back into the building. Shortly thereafter, a blast occurs at 9.33 am and smoke and dust are seen billowing out of the building.

Observers believe the terrorist either blew himself up after being injured or his suicide jacket exploded after being hit by shots fired by the security personnel.

About 20 people were killed in the three attacks in Lahore that targeted the FIA office and two police training centres. Ten terrorists were either gunned down by security forces or blew themselves up.