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30 dead in Pakistan bomb attack

30 dead in Pakistan bomb attack

Mar 08, 2011 - 13:49

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Thirty people were killed in a massive car bombing near an intelligence agency headquarters in Pakistaninfo-icon's central Punjab province on Tuesday, officials said.

More than 120 people were wounded, some of them critically, in the explosion that happened during the morning rush hour in Faisalabad, Pakistan's textile industry hub, an ambulance worker told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The blast in Civil Lines area damaged a dozen cars and several nearby buildings, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) pump station and an office of the Pakistan International Airlines, Ahsan Majeed said.

Rescuers were busy removing rubble to search for survivors. The blast came as soon as an explosive-laden car ploughed into one of the buildings, the district's administrative chief, Naseem Sadiq, told journalists at the scene. One suspect has been detained.

"It was a car blast. We are investigating whether or not a suicide bomber was involved," said Faisalabad police chief, Aftab Cheema,

Commissioner Tahir Hussain said some people were still trapped under the rubble. "We have deployed our cranes and machinery to rescue them."

Since mid-2007, around 4,000 people have been killed across the nuclear-capable South Asian country in bomb explosions, suicide and gun attacks blamed on Talibaninfo-icon and Al Qaeda militants.


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