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Suicide attack on Lahore police chief averted

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 23:15 IST

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An attack on the police chief of Pakistan's Punjab province and other senior officials was averted on Friday when law enforcement personnel arrested a would-be suicide bomber outside the police headquarters in this eastern city.

A spokesman said a suspicious-looking man was heading towards the Inspector General of Police's office when policemen deployed at the gate overpowered him. "The policemen did not give him a chance to detonate his explosives," he told PTI.

Besides a suicide jacket, other explosives were recovered from the man, who was identified as Abdul Rehman. He was taken away to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

"We deployed 9,000 additional policemen in Lahore alone today following reports that terrorists could strike at places of worship," the spokesman said.

Lahore has witnessed several deadly suicide attacks since last year, including one on the local headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.