Islamabad, July 9 (AP): Gunmen killed eight people in an attack today on a Pakistani army camp in a city where hardline Islamists stopped on their way to the capital to protest the decision to reopen the Nato supply line to Afghanistan, police said.
Police were searching for the attackers, and it was unclear if any of the Islamist protesters were involved, said Basharat Mahmood, police chief in the eastern city of Gujrat, Punjab province, where the attack occurred. “It is surely a terrorist attack,” said Mahmood. “The attackers could have taken cover. They could have hid themselves among the protesters.”
The camp on the outskirts of Gujrat was attacked at around 5.20am, a little less than an hour after the leaders of the Difah-e-Pakistan protest movement finished delivering speeches inside the city, said the police.
The roughly half dozen gunmen who attacked the camp were riding in a car and on motorcycles. They killed seven soldiers at the camp and a policeman who tried to intercept them as they were escaping, said Mahmood. Four policemen and at least three soldiers were wounded, he said.