20 Dead in Pakistan Blasts

Many more injured after bombings at police headquarters, residential area

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2008 4:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two suicide explosions killed at least 20 people in Lahore early today, Reuters reports. One bomb devastated the city's federal police headquarters. "We're trying to evacuate the wounded trapped under the debris," said an official. The second blast occurred when two men blew themselves up in a pickup truck outside a house, killing two children and wounding at least 60 other people.

The second explosion happened near the home of Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. More than 500 people have been killed so far this year in suicide bombs across Pakistan blamed on Islamic militants. President Pervez Musharraf, whose political foes have announced that they will form a coalition government,  condemned the attacks, calling them a "scourge."

Pakistani rescue workers remove a dead body from the site of a bomb explosion at the office of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Bombs hit the federal police...   (Associated Press)
Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb explosion at the office of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Bombs hit the federal police headquarters...   (Associated Press)
Pakistani volunteers remove an injured man from the site of a bomb explosion at the office of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Bombs hit the federal police...   (Associated Press)
Pakistani rescue and security officials examine the site of a bomb explosion at the office of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Bombs hit the federal police...   (Associated Press)
Pakistani rescue and security officials examine the site of a bomb explosion at the office of the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Bombs hit the federal police...   (Associated Press)
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