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Terror attacks in Lahore in 2009

Different group of attackers have attacked and tried various standoffs with the Pakistan police for a considerable period of time. As a result today we have three near-simultaneous attacks against police facilities in Lahore. Here is a list of simultaneous assaults thats have underscored the weakness of a police force on the frontline militants within the country faciing political jeopardy over this year.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 14:56 IST

January 9: Five explosions were reported from two theatres in Lahore. Four low-intensity bombs exploded in the main electricity supply control room of the Al-Falah Theatre at around 8:20 pm (PST) while a high-intensity bomb exploded at the Tamasil theatre at around 10:30 pm in Mozang Chungi.

January 20: Police seized an explosive-laden vehicle from Tufail Road in Lahore Cantonment.

January 26: The plan of blowing up the offices of senior Police officers in Lahore was foiled when the Police recovered four high explosive bombs. Civil Lines College, waste enclosure on Rettigan Road and the office of Superintendent of Police (Operations) City Division were the potential targets.

March 3: Sri Lankan cricketers narrowly escaped a terrorist attack when terrorists ambushed the bus carrying them to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play of the second Test. Six policemen escorting the Sri Lankans and the driver of another van in the convoy - were killed and 20 others including seven Sri Lankan players were among the wounded.

March 30: Eight Police recruits and a civilian were killed when a group of 10 terrorists attacked the Police Training Centre in Manawan with guns and grenades. About 93 cadets and civilians were injured.

May 27: Suicide bombers detonated a vehicle loaded with 100 kilograms of explosives near offices of the capital city police officer (CCPO) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Lahore- killing at least 27 persons and injuring 326 others, in addition to destroying a two-storey building of the Rescue 15 police service

May 31: Hundreds of activists of the banned Hizbul Tehrir outfit held a rally in Lahore in protest against military operations in the Malakand Division of NWFP and the presence of US forces in the region. The City Division Superintendent of Police, Rana Abdul Jabbar, told that more than 80 activists of the organisation had been arrested under the Anti-Terrorist Act that proscribes any banned outfit to hold public activities.

June 12: Seven people, including a prominent anti-Taliban cleric, were killed and seven injured when a suicide attacker, Targeting Sarfaraz Naeemi, the head of Jamia Naeemia, detonated himself at the Jamia Naeemia madrassa (seminary) in the Garhi Shahu area of Lahore shortly after Friday prayers.

July 9: Following an untraced phone call made to the police by a possible woman suicide bomber explosive-laden vehicles were found in the Punjab province. 15 centres in the city were the target.

September 18: A suicide bomber killed 33 Pakistanis after detonating a jeep laden with explosives at a market in the insurgency-infested northwest. The bomber detonated at a market in the largely Shia town of Ustarzai in the district of Kohat.

September 26: At least four people were killed and 20 injured in a suicide attack on a police station. The attackers used a pickup truck to carry out the attack in Bannu in North-West Frontier Province.

October 5: Five UN World Food Programme workers are killed when a suicide bomber walks into their office in Islamabad and blows himself up, dressed in military uniform. Four Pakistani workers and one Iraqi are among the dead. The TTP claims responsibility for the attack.

October 9: A suicide car bomber kills 52 civilians and wounds more than 100 in a crowded market in northwest city Peshawar. It is the sixth attack in four months in the city, near the tribal belt on the Afghan border where tens of thousands have fled a feared offensive against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

October 10/11: Ten militants stage an audacious attack on army headquarters in Rawalpindi, the garrison town adjoining Islamabad, with 23 people killed and 39 hostages freed by troops. The dead included 11 troops, three hostages and nine attackers. TTP claims responsibility.

October 12: A suicide bomber rips through a market as a paramilitary convoy passes in Shangla, a district neighbouring the northwest Swat valley and the target of a recent anti-Taliban offensive. About 45 people, mainly civilians, are killed. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claims responsibility.

October 15: At least eight people are killed when a suicide car bomb explodes near a police station in the northwestern town of Kohat, police say.

October 15: Gunmen attack three police buildings simultaneously in the eastern city of Lahore. Police say 11 people -- six security officials and five attackers -- are killed.