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Pakistani police lay siege to 'militant hideout' near PM's house

Published on Jul 17, 2014 4:13 PM

LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistani security forces laid siege on Thursday to a suspected militant hideout just a few kilometres from the family home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said.

One policeman was killed and three others wounded in the assault in the Raiwind area of Lahore, which came as a military operation against Taleban militants in the country's restive northwest enters its second month amid rising fears of reprisal attacks.

"A police team raided a house... around 2am on a tip-off about presence of suspected militants, but they retaliated," senior police official Malik Owais told AFP. "One terrorist has been killed and another injured in this operation has been arrested. Police have now occupied the compound," he added.

Mr Waqas Nazir, another police official, confirmed the incident, adding that the raid took several hours because civilians had to be evacuated from the area first.

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