Islamabad, Aug 2 (PTI) Pakistan police today foiled a suicide attack in eastern Punjab province by killing an assailant, who tried to sneak into a parade in which 900 police recruits were to participate.
A police official was killed while another injured when the two sides exchanged fire.
The would-be suicide bomber scaled the wall of the training centre in the city of Sargodha and enter the training facility where recruiters were assembling for the morning parade.
Security men at the scene stopped the man, who in turn fired at the police, killing an assistant sub-inspector and injuring another. The elite police force returned the fire, killing the attacker on the scene.
The would-be bomber was wearing an explosive-laden jacket.
District Police Officer Sheikh Muhammad Omar said the parade was the main target of the bomber. Some 900 police recruits were supposed to take part in the parade.
He said when policemen tried to stop the attacker, he tried to run towards the parade area.
In another incident, five policemen were injured in a blast near the traffic police headquarters in the city of Gujranwala, some 60 kms from Lahore.
Attacks on police training centers have increased in parts of Pakistan in recent days especially after the army stormed the Lal Masjid in Islamabad last month, which left more than 100 people dead.
Police and army officials have been advised not to travel in private vehicles or wear uniforms to avoid suicide attacks.
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