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."