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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.

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