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Pakistani Army ends siege of police academy

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Pakistani commandos were engaged in a fierce gunbattle at a police compound in Lahore Monday, after grenade-wielding militants attacked the station, killing at least 20, wounding scores, and holding hostage many more.

The police station raid Monday morning was the latest in a string of deadly attacks by militants, which have heightened concerns about the stability of this nuclear-armed Muslim nation. It also comes on the heels of President Obama's announcement last week of a new US counterterror strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That plan includes more military and economic aid to push Pakistan to face down its own militants.

Media reported conflicting casualty numbers, and it was not clear who was behind today's attack. Dawn, an English-language Pakistani paper, citing police officials, said the attack began around 7:30 a.m., and that up to 20 gunmen were holding more than 400 hostages.

The Times of London reports that Pakistani Army and police forces overpowered the militants , ending a siege that lasted seven hours. The newspaper reports that 20 people were killed, and one of the attackers was taken into custody.

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