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He said a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel were among the six soldiers who had been killed. Five others were wounded, one critically.

A police intelligence report in July obtained by the Associated Press on Saturday warned that members of the Taliban, along with Jaish-e-Mohammed, a militant group based in the country’s Punjab province, were planning to attack army headquarters after disguising themselves as soldiers.

Pakistani media reported that the Taliban had claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack.

The attack in Rawalpindi comes on the heels of a warning from Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud that his fighters will avenge the death of their former leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a U.S. drone attack in August, and resist the army’s operation in Waziristan.

The Pakistani government vowed to press ahead with its offensive.

I want to give a message to the Taliban that what we did with you in Swat, we will do the same to you there [in Waziristan], too, said Interior Minister Rehman Malik. He was referring to the military’s operation which drove the Taliban out of the picturesque Swat Valley, about 100 miles northwest of Islamabad. We are going to come heavy on you, he warned.

Officials said Saturday they had raided a house in the capital where the attackers were thought to have stayed. They found military uniforms and bomb-making equipment, the Associated Press reported.

Lisa Curtis, a South Asia analyst at the Heritage Foundation, said recent statements from the White House “making distinctions between the Taliban and al Qaeda and implying that the Taliban is somehow less inimical to U.S. interests are incongruous with developments on the ground.

Saturday’s assault was the latest in a string of attacks by the Taliban. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, last week and another bombing across the border in Peshawar, Pakistan, killed at least 49.

Earlier this month, a Taliban suicide bomber struck the United Nations’ World Food Program office in Islamabad. That attack killed five employees. The bomber who attacked the U.N. was also wearing a security forces’ uniform and was granted entry to the compound after asking to use the bathroom.

Indian and Afghan officials have accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency of playing a role in the attack on the Indian Embassy.

But Sumit Ganguly, director of research at the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University in Bloomington, said the hostage situation in Rawalpindi showed some factions of the Taliban may well be out of the hands of their Pakistani mentors.

Furthermore, some of these factions may well be unhappy with the willingness of [Pakistani President Asif Ali] Zardari’s government to work with the U.S., Mr. Ganguly told The Times, adding, Their willingness to accept the Kerry-Lugar funds may have also incensed elements of the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan’s military and opposition leader have chastised the Zardari government over U.S. legislation that links military aid to Pakistan to cooperation from Islamabad in the war against the Taliban, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

In an interview with editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi admitted better language could be used in the legislation.