Pakistan Attack Seen As Possible Retaliation For Anti-Taliban Offensive

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Police say a bombing attack targeting a Pakistani intelligence office has reduced a building in Lahore to rubble, and left about 30 people dead.

Hundreds of other people have been wounded. Most of the casualties are civilians.

Authorities say attackers used guns, grenades and a van packed with explosives. An area about the size of a city block was damaged. The blast collapsed a police building, crushing some officers and trapping others.

There's also word that ceilings of operating rooms in a nearby hospital fell in, injuring 20 people.

No one is claiming responsibility for the attack, but Pakistani authorities are blaming militants seeking to avenge the Army's month-old offensive in the Swat Valley.

Lahore is far from the restive border region near Afghanistan. This marks the third attack there since last month.

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