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Updated: October 18, 2009 19:16 IST

‘Lahore attack modelled on 26/11’

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A Pakistani official removes a suicide jacket from a terrorist shot dead at a law enforcing building in Lahore on October 15, 2009. The Fidayeen attack was modelled on last year’s attack on Mumbai, a media report has claimed.
AP A Pakistani official removes a suicide jacket from a terrorist shot dead at a law enforcing building in Lahore on October 15, 2009. The Fidayeen attack was modelled on last year’s attack on Mumbai, a media report has claimed.

The Fidayeen attack at two police training centres and the offices of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore recently, was modelled on last year’s attack on Mumbai, a media report claimed on Sunday.

Referring to the three simultaneous assaults with guns and explosives in Pakistan’s cultural capital, Lahore, The Sunday Telegraph said: “The swarm attack was modelled on last year’s November 26 attack on Mumbai, and the death toll could have matched it had it not been for a fight back by local security forces which kept the deaths to 26.”

According to the report, when a few journalists invited by the Taliban visited new chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s hideout, they found him along with Wali-ur-Rahman, who was reported to have killed the Taliban commander.

“We met them in a forest. Hakimullah was in the same jubilant mood. He fired his AK-47 assault rifle, he showed us some rockets,” said Sailab Mehsud, a local journalist.

“Tell the Pakistani government that I’m alive and determined to take severe revenge for Baitullah Mehsud’s killing and the continued drone strikes,” Hakimullah Mehsud told the journalists.

He pledged to fulfil his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud’s mission to destroy the Pakistani state for its “collaboration” with the West.

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