Twin Suicide Blasts in Lahore, 39 Killed

As many as 39 people have been killed in twin suicide attacks targeting Pakistani military in Lahore, reported AFP.

Report said citing police that bombers, who had walked up to Pakistani army vehicles in the densely populated R A Bazaar area, detonated themselves as people sat down to eat before the main Muslim weekly prayers were to begin.

Soon, the army cordoned off the tree-lined street – which has shops and a mosque – denying access to journalists as ambulance zoomed in to ferry the dead and the wounded, said report.

Friday’s explosions highlights burgeoning instability in Lahore, where defence personnel have been a common target of attacks blamed on Taliban and al-Qaida.

“The first blast was very small – followed by sounds of gunfire. Immediately after there was a big blast hitting an army vehicle,” Mohammad Bilal, who had just sat down for lunch at a nearby restaurant, was quoted as saying.

“We have the heads of both the bombers,” police official Chaudhry Mohammad Shafiq was quoted as saying while talking to reporters.

“There was an interval of 15 seconds between the two attacks. They were on foot. Their target was army vehicles.

“Army personnel, were injured, some of them are in a serious condition,” he was quoted as saying.

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