Pakistani police foil attack against PM's home

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 8:03 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say police fought for more than 10 hours with militants planning to attack the prime minister's home in eastern Pakistan.

Government official Shuja Khanzada said Thursday a police officer and a militant were killed in an overnight operation against insurgents planning the attack.

Another militant was hospitalized after the gunbattle at a house near the home of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore.

Sharif was not in residence.

Provincial law minister Rana Mashhood says authorities had intelligence about the plot and carried out the raid.

He says a large amounts of weaponry, explosives and suicide vests were seized. He did not say how many militants were involved.

Khanzada says the plot was in reprisal for a military offensive against insurgent safe havens in North Waziristan.

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