39 Killed In Pakistan Attacks

"Teams of gunmen launched coordinated attacks on three law enforcement facilities in Pakistans second-largest city of Lahore, and car bombs exploded in two cities near the Afghan border Thursday, killing 39 people in an escalating wave of anti-government violence. The assaults, aimed at scuttling a planned offensive into the Taliban heartland near Afghanistan, highlight Islamist militants ability to carry out sophisticated strikes on heavily fortified facilities and expose the failure of the intelligence agencies to adequately infiltrate the extremist cells. Geo TV reported on its Web site that the Pakistani Taliban had claimed responsibility for the Lahore attacks but did not attribute the information. The attacks Thursday also were the latest to underscore the growing threat to Punjab, of which Lahore is the capital. The Taliban are believed to have made inroads in the province, located next to India, and linked up with local insurgent outfits. "