LAHORE: A band of armed terrorists equipped with sophisticated weapons Sunday morning stormed the Police Training Centre, here killing several under-training personnel and causing injuries to scores of the recruits in the exchange of indiscriminate firing. A battalion of elite force commandoes of Punjab Police later joined by troops of Pakistan Rangers supported by helicopters of Pakistan Army Aviation have taken position in the centre and endeavouring to flush out the terrorists from the gory scene. The entire area from all directions has been cordoned off for security reasons.
The Commandoes of Pakistan Rangers along with Punjab Police have successfully entered the centre premisis from rooftop of the training centre building and started the operation to rescue the marooned personnel besides shooting the terrorists on the spot. A fleet of 14 ambulances of Rescue 1122 is shifting the victims to Services Hospital while emergency has been declared in all other hospitals for providing immediate medical cover.
People gathered outside the centre were boosting the morale of the operation forces engaged in carrying out the operation against terrorists. Capital City Police Officer and Inspector General of Police Haji Habib Ur Rehman and other senior officials have reached on the spot while a battalion of commandoes of Pakistan Rangers headed by a Lt.Col is leading the operation.
Advisor of Interior Rehman Malik has said there were reports of terror threat and Punjab government was informed about it. Talking to OneWorld Malik said 52 persons were wounded in attack on police school in Lahore adding that the details of the martyrs being gathered. He appealed the media to avoid live coverage of the incident, which can be helpful for the terrorists. Interior Advisor replying a question said that the operation was underway and according to police estimates 10 to 12 terrorists were present within the premises.
Governor of Punjab has said according to reports eight to 10 armed men were involved in attack on Manawan Police Training School in Lahore .
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday strongly condemned the attack by gunmen at a police training centre in Lahore. In their separate messages, the President and Prime Minister vowed that the perpetrators of such heinous crime would be brought to justice. They directed the concerned authorities to investigate into the matter.
The early morning terrorist attack at Munawan police training institute here caused injuries to at least 34 persons, while the officials of the district government said that the number of fatalities was yet to be ascertained as the operation still continues. Commissioner Lahore Division, Azam Suleiman while talking to media said that so far 34 injured persons have been received at various hospitals of the city.
At the Ganga Ram hospital 13 injured were received, while 8 at Mayo hospital and 11 at the Services hospital, he said. Responding to the media queries about the casualties in the incident, he said that they had “no detail” so far as the loss is being ascertained in the operation that continues.
Input from Agencies