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Nine policemen killed in Pakistan

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LAHORE, July 12 (UPI Asia) – At least nine policemen were killed by gunmen who stormed a building housing police personnel in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, news reports said.

The killed police personnel belonged to the prison department of northwestern Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

A police official said that the attackers came on motorbikes and stormed the building, which housed about 35 police and prison staff, in the densely populated Ichhra area of the city in Pakistan's Punjab province, Geo News reported.

"The gunmen came early in the morning, entered the building and opened fire," the report quoted Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen as saying.

Eight policemen were injured in the attack that occurred at around 6 a.m. local time, The Times of India reported.

On Monday, gunmen killed eight soldiers and a policeman at a military camp in Gujrat district, 100 km north of Lahore.

Punjab Police chief Haji Habib-ur-Rehman described the attack as a terrorist incident and added that militants had warned of attacks on security forces after Pakistan government's decision to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

Pakistan decided to re-open the NATO supply route to Afghanistan after a formal apology by the United States over a November 2011 air strike on a Pakistani military post that killed 24 soldiers. The supply route was closed after the incident.
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