Pakistan Bombing Kills 2, Wounds 26 01/20 06:09
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- A powerful bomb went off in a crowded bazar in
Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore on Thursday, killing at least two
people and wounding 26 others, police and rescue officials said.
Abid Khan, a senior police official, said the dead and wounded had been
transported to a nearby hospital, where some were listed in critical condition.
officers are still trying to determine what kind of device was used for the
attack, he added.
The blast was so powerful that it damaged several shops near the eastern
city's famous Anarkali bazar, witnesses said. TV footage showed burning
motorcycles in a crowded bazar, as the wounded cried for help.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but it comes days
after the Pakistani Taliban shot dead three police officers in separate attacks
in the capital, Islamabad, as well as the northwest region bordering
The Pakistani Taliban, who have been emboldened since the Afghan Taliban
seized power across the border in Afghanistan, warned this week they could
carry out more attacks in the near future.
Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing in a statement, urging local
authorities to provide the best possible medical facilities to those who were
wounded in the blast.