30 Killed in Lahore Bomb Blast

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 27, 2009 2:09 AM CDT
A Pakistani police officer takes a position at the site of a major explosion in Lahore, Pakistan, today that killed at least 30 people.   (AP Photo/Express TV)
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(Newser) – At least 30 people were killed today when a bomb flattened the main police station in the Pakistan city of Lahore, reports the BBC. Some 100 were injured in the attack that began as gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades before a vehicle packed with explosives hurtled through a barricade into the building. The blast was powerful enough to shear walls off buildings in the main business district.

"A huge explosion rocked our entire building," said a BBC worker in a nearby office. "Glass windows shattered to pieces and the ceiling came down on the floor." Another worker reported seeing a "surreal huge ring of white smoke rise into the air" from the targeted building after the "massive" blast. Taliban militants launched a major attack on police in Lahore in March. One man has been arrested in today's bombing.