Pakistan Suicide Attack Kills 23

Explosion near lawyers' protest site targeted police
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 5:20 AM CST
Wounded Pakistani Police officers try to recover in the aftermath of a suicide bomb explosion Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008 in Lahore, Pakistan. A suicide bomber blew himself up among police guards deployed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A suicide bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore has left 23 people dead, the majority police officers, and wounded 70 others. The explosion occurred at a police checkpoint near the city's high court, where a large protest by Pakistan's lawyers was set to take place, reports Bloomberg. Local television reported that body parts were strewn on the street in front of the courthouse.

"The suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a police van when officers tried to stop him from entering the area," a police chief told reporters. The country's interior ministry said that police were the target. President Pervez Musharraf vowed in a statement to continue to fight terrorism. Lawyers have mounted a protest every Thursday in Lahore since Musharraf suspended several Supreme Court justices.