Residents and rescuers gather outside the police hostel in Lahore. — Photo by AFP

LAHORE: Gunmen on Thursday shot dead eight Pakistani police and prison staff, and wounded nine others after storming a building in the eastern city of Lahore where they were sleeping, police said.

It was the second attack in three days on security personnel in the province of Punjab, raising fears of a fresh wave of violence in the political heartland of Pakistan, which has been largely peaceful over the last year.

The attackers arrived on motorbikes and targeted a building in the densely populated area of Ichra, where up to 35 police and prison staff were living, mostly officers from the troubled northwest who were in Lahore for training.

“The gunmen came early in the morning, entered the building and opened fire,” Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen told AFP.

“Eight were martyred and nine others are wounded.” There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The gunmen fled and Tareen said police were investigating who was responsible.

The Pakistani Taliban said it was responsible and vowed more violence in the region.

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truth bites
Jul 12, 2012 08:36am
such groups only operate in Paksitan and attack Pakistan state targets, they have no idealogy.
pakistani
Jul 12, 2012 08:28am
Wake up gen kiyani.
M Khan
Jul 12, 2012 08:39am
Solution is very simple. 1) We get out of this war ASAP, including closing NATO supply, and we remain neutral. 2) Seal the border with Afghanistan, mine it, fence it, do whatever it takes. 3) Remove ALL illegal AFGHANIS from the Pakistani soil. But who will do it???
PK
Jul 12, 2012 08:37am
They should be hailed as heros like Hafeez Saheed for masterminding the Mumbai attack .
Muhammad
Jul 14, 2012 03:43pm
Dialogue with criminals / beasts you are living in utopia they will keep on killing innocent people whether NATO is there or not. Please read recent history when America left the Pakistan right after so called Afghan Jihad these criminals started killing each other they are simply blood thirsty savages. The simple solution is that we should all stand up against these criminals without any ifs and buts.
Fayaz Din
Jul 12, 2012 08:55am
Teach Quran to Taliban and similar organizations like Taliban. NO WHERE in Quran it says to Kill innocent people. Most Pakistani remember Quran by heart but never read the translation. Read Quran in your own language and understand what it says about life. Quran is not to be memorized only but to be understood. Quran rules of engagement for the war
Bilal
Jul 12, 2012 09:00am
Stop the supply. Note that there was no civilian collateral damage.
Muhammad Rizwan
Jul 12, 2012 09:08am
The perception prevails over facts. The same old story of Pakistan. Afghans are not Pakistanis and what is happening in their country is non of our business. We need to close our border at Afghanistan and push all the illegal immigrants out of Pakistani territories. That's the ever lasting solution. I know it will sound bit harsh but Pakistan should seriously consider laying down land mines with Afghan border, making illegal intrusions impossible.
kasooori
Jul 12, 2012 09:33am
nato supply should b stoped and govt should control this situation with dialogue with the extremists.
Saad
Jul 12, 2012 08:55am
Police was sleeping...
ahmed saeed
Jul 13, 2012 07:27am
Dont know what next. What a country.
Fareed
Jul 13, 2012 10:13am
forget about what zia ul haq did to the country its now past- think about the future how we can bring harmony and peace in the country - atleast our children dont have have to go through this.
TIN
Jul 12, 2012 09:16am
As you sow so shall you reap...a very old saying, I am afraid but Pakistanis seem to just not get it...
noornooraala
Jul 12, 2012 07:46am
This all because of Ziaa ul Haq's policy when he allowed the Afghan refugees into Pakistan .Who will control it? It will take lot of courges to have security in this country.
kasooori
Jul 12, 2012 08:01am
It may be reaction of re-opening nato supply to afghanistan.
Aamir_younis
Jul 12, 2012 08:12am
So the solution would be to stop supply or eradicate this menace?
Adeel
Jul 12, 2012 08:19am
we are killing thousands in Aghanistan and Fata and expect flowers in return.
Adeel
Jul 12, 2012 08:23am
Solution is to mind our own business.
Shadeslayer
Jul 12, 2012 08:25am
What are our agencies doing? What is army doing?
Bangash
Jul 13, 2012 04:21am
They are waiting for US to leave Afghanistan after which they believe everything will magically fix itself.
Ali
Jul 13, 2012 08:45am
Well done Mr. Bilal.... NO COLLATERAL DAMAGE..... What a comment. Those beasts kill more than half a dozen souls of our own and you say that nothing has happened. U are speaking American language. U should go and witness the turmoil in the families of those poor policemens' home. Not agreeing with the government on opening of NATO supplies doesnt mean that u start killing innocent people.
asma tanoli
Jul 14, 2012 07:58am
Opening or closing Nato supplies will not make any difference. If the govt gives in here, tomorrow the Talibans would make other demands. The only solution is to close Taliban factories (madrassahs) and rehabilitate young children. Taliban originated from Madrassa Haqania and now hundreds of Madrassas are operating throughout the country.