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October 15th, 2009
07:28 AM ET

Militants target Pakistani security; dozens killed

By Reza Sayah
CNN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - Militants launched a string of bold strikes against Pakistani law enforcement Thursday, leaving at least 36 police officers and civilians dead, authorities said.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/15/pakistan.blast/art.fia.afp.gi.jpg caption="A bomb disposal squad member removes a suicide jacket from a body at the FIA in Lahore on Thursday. "]

At least 11 militants also died in the fighting, while others were missing.

Three nearly simultaneous assaults were carried out mid-morning in the eastern city of Lahore, said police spokesman Rai Nazar Hayat.

Militants stormed Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency, along with two police training centers. The attackers gained entrance to each facility, setting set off explosives and taking hostages in some cases. At least 25 people died in the Lahore attacks.

In northwestern Pakistan, a suicide car bomber hit a police station in the Kohat district, killing at least 11 people - eight civilians and three police, said Kohat Police Chief Dilawr Bangish. A dozen people were injured in the attack.

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