Originally published on July 25, 2013
Suspected Islamic militants attacked a heavily guarded Pakistani intelligence compound in Sukkur, killing seven people and injuring at least 40 in a gun battle that lasted around an hour, police said.
According to Reuters, "It was unclear who had carried out the attack, but previous similar operations have always been claimed by the Islamist Taliban.
"A gun battle raged for more than an hour as security services pursued up to 10 militants, said Masood Bangash, deputy superintendent of police in Sukkur.
"The city headquarters of the Pakistani military intelligence service, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), seemed to be the main target, police Deputy Inspector General Javeed Odho said.
"A security official said five attackers had been killed along with a civilian and an ISI employee.
"An attack of such intensity on a high-profile and supposedly secure target is the latest of series of demonstrations of militants' ability to strike at Pakistan's centers of power."
Local sources said ISI official Major Zeeshan was the intended target of the attack. The major was allegedly in possession of important anti-terrorist documents and was apparently killed in the attack.
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