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Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital, is recovering from a bomb and gun attack that  has left 20 dead and over a 100 injured. The operation targeted the Criminial Investigation Department (CID) building, and is the latest in a series of attempts made by militants on law enforcement officials in Pakistan.

In addition to a bomb that went off during peak hours in the bustling metropolis, police exchanged gunfire with over a dozen militants  militants for about fifteen minutes. Among those killed in the exchange were five policemen.

The attacks come a day after police arrested members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a dangerous militant group with possible Al-Qaeda links. Overall, the city has seen an upswing in violence after a brief period of peace following the successful military offensive against the Taliban in the Swat valley late last year.

Clearly, militants now consider law enforcement officials as much of a target as civilians.

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