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Taliban escalate terror attacks as Pak Army mulls offensive

As the Pakistan military prepares for a major offensive to flush out the Taliban from Waziristan, the militants have escalated their wave of attacks over the past few months, targeting the military and law enforcement facilities, killing hundreds of people.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 12:42 IST

As the Pakistan military prepares for a major offensive to flush out the Taliban from Waziristan, the militants have escalated their wave of attacks over the past few months, targeting the military and law enforcement facilities, killing hundreds of people.

Terrorists today struck Lahore, storming Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) building and attacking two police training centres in synchronised attacks, triggering fierce exchanges of fire with police that left at least 11 dead and several injured.

At least 10 people were killed and 20 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a police station in the northwest Pakistani town of Kohat with an explosives-laden vehicle today.

The FIA office that was attacked this morning is located next to another building of the same agency that was targeted by a suicide car bomber in March last year. In that attack, 24 people were killed and scores injured.

The attack on the FIA office appeared similar to a siege on the Pakistan army's headquarters in Rawalpindi on October 10 that left nine attackers and 14 security personnel and civilian employees dead.

The escalation in violence is part of a new trend of terrorists storming the facilities of security agencies. Terrorists had in March this year stormed the police training centre at Manawan, which is located close to the other training facility attacked this morning.

Pakistan has witnessed a string of suicide attacks over the past two weeks that have killed more than 100 people. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.