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Taliban still capable of striking despite chief's death: Media

world Updated: Oct 16, 2009 12:58 IST
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Demanding an urgent action against Taliban which unleashed a wave of brazen attacks in Pakistan, the media here today said the outfit has bounced back with vengeance despite killing of its chief and government's claims that it was on its last legs due to the military offensive.

The three near-simultaneous attacks yesterday on a Federal Investigation Agency office and two police training centres in Lahore also exposed the intricate links between militants in Punjab and the country's troubled northwest, the media said.

"As the frightening scenario demonstrates a well-organised and coordinated character of the attacks, it becomes clear that the reports of dissensions in the top ranks of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan following the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud in a drone attack last August, leaving it weakened, are quite exaggerated," said 'The Nation' newspaper.

Thirty security personnel and civilians were killed in the three attacks in Lahore and two bombings in North West Frontier Province yesterday. Ten attackers in Lahore were either gunned down by security forces or blew themselves up after being cornered.

Since Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack in South Waziristan two months ago, Pakistani leaders have been saying that the militant movement has been affected by dissension.