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LAHORE, Pakistan, (AP) – Pakistani security forces have overpowered militants who seized a police academy in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore early Monday. Six people have been arrested.

Home Secretary Rao Iftikhar of Punjab province says eight gunmen died, including two who blew themselves up. Lahore, where the attack took place, is the capital of Punjab.

Reports on the death tolls from the assault have varied wildly, with officials confirming at least 11 to The Associated Press. Other reports gave higher numbers of dead.

Iftikhar says he will provide a more exact death toll from the brazen assault later Monday.

The attack underscored the threat posed by militants to Pakistan’s stability.

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