Deadly Wave of Pakistan Attacks Kills 38

Government warns of 'guerrilla war' after blasts in Lahore, northwest
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 7:11 AM CDT
Pakistani anti-terror squad troops celebrate the success of an operation against terrorists who stormed a law enforcement building in Lahore today.   (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)
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(Newser) – Pakistan erupted in violence today as three teams of militants launched coordinated strikes on law enforcement buildings in Lahore and a suicide car bomber struck a police station in the country's northwest. A few hours later another blast rocked a school in Peshawar, near the Afghan border, killing at least one child. At least 38 people have been killed in the attacks and dozens more injured. Lahore came to a standstill as security forces battled militants at two police training centers.

Hostages were taken at a building housing the Federal Investigation Agency, which was retaken by security forces after a 90-minute battle. The attacks come as Pakistan prepares to launch a major US-backed offensive on Taliban strongholds in Waziristan. "The enemy has started a guerrilla war," said Interior Minister Rehman Malik. "The whole nation should be united against these handful of terrorists, and God willing we will defeat them."