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    Police storm former Pakistani Premier Imran Khan’s home in Lahore, arrest 30

    LAHORE (AP) – Police in Pakistan stormed former prime minister Imran Khan’s residence in the eastern city of Lahore yesterday and arrested 30 people amid tear gas shelling after someone opened fire from the roof of the building, officials said.

    Senior police officer Suhail Sukhera, who is leading the operation in a Lahore upscale neighbourhood, said police moved to remove encroachments and blockade erected by Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and his defiant supporters.

    He said baton-wielding Khan supporters attempted to resist police by throwing stones and petrol bombs, but the officers moved on until a man on the roof of Khan’s residence opened fire. No one was hurt.

    Sukhera said that police broke open the main door of Khan’s residence and found masks, petrol-filled bottles, iron rods and batons used in attacks on police during the week.

    Sukhera said that inside the sprawling residence, illegal structures were erected to shelter those who have been involved in attacks on police that have injured dozens of officers.

    Khan has been holed up at his home in Lahore since Tuesday, after failing to appear at an earlier hearing in the case.

    A vehicle carrying former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan is surrounded by his supporters. PHOTO: AP
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