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03-08-2010, 09:47 PM

Powerful car bomb kills 11 in Pakistan's Lahore
By Abbas Sahi (AFP) – 22 hours ago
LAHORE, Pakistan — A car bomb slammed into Pakistani offices used to interrogate suspected militants on Monday, destroying the building and killing 11 people in the latest attack to strike Lahore.

More than 60 were wounded with people trapped under rubble of collapsed buildings when a car packed with up to 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of explosives struck an investigations unit in Pakistan's second largest city.

There were scenes of panic as volunteers and rescue workers dug with bare hands under the collapsed two-storey building and a severely damaged Muslim seminary, searching for survivors and fearing the death toll could rise.

Pakistan pointed the finger at Taliban-linked militants out to destabilise the nuclear-armed country of 167 million and a wave of similar attacks has killed more than 130 people in the cosmopolitan city over the last year.

More than 3,000 people have been killed in suicide and bomb attacks across Pakistan since July 2007, a campaign blamed on Islamist militants opposed to the government's alliance with the United States in the war on Al-Qaeda.

"It was around 8:15 (0315 GMT) when I heard a deafening blast which shook my house," said Nasim-ur-Rehman who lives about 1.5 kilometres (one mile) from the scene of attack in the upmarket neighbourhood Model Town. "When I rushed out I saw thick smoke billowing out," he added.

The blast gouged a huge crater out of the ground, crumpled roofs and littered the streets with tree branches. Bulldozers and other heavy-lifting machinery worked to clear away the mounds of rubble, witnesses said. Flying glass wounded passers-by. A woman and her daughter were among the dead in the city of eight million, and civilians who were wounded were mostly office workers or parents returning after dropping their children at school.

"It was a police special investigation unit that was targeted. A vehicle packed with explosives hit the building. The building was used to interrogate suspected terrorists," Lahore city police chief Pervez Rathore told AFP.

Khusro Pervez, the top administration official in Lahore, said 11 people were killed and 60 wounded. "I fear the death toll may rise. We believe there are still people trapped under the rubble," he said. Police said 30 to 50 people were in the building, used by police and intelligence agents, at the time of attack, which blew out a crater three metres (10 feet) deep and four to six metres wide.

"The blast also severely damaged a nearby religious school and houses. All schools have been closed in the area in order to avoid further losses or to prevent the possibility of another attack," said Rathore. Interior Minister Rehman Malik blamed "hired killers who want to destabilise Pakistan" and pointed the finger at the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction holed up in the northwest of the country along the border with Afghanistan. "In almost every blast there has been TTP involvement and they themselves have also claimed responsibility for attacks," he added. "The ammunition and weapons are coming from Afghanistan," he alleged.

Ambulances raced to the area and the city's Jinnah Hospital declared a state of emergency as casualties were rushed into wards and rescue workers used seismic sensors to search for survivors under the rubble.

Monday's bombing in Lahore follows a recent decline in Islamist militant attacks in Pakistan after a significant hike in bloodshed in late 2009.

Pakistani officials had linked the reduction to the suspected death -- still not confirmed -- of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud and military offensives that have disrupted militant networks. The military claims to have made big gains against Taliban and Al-Qaeda strongholds over the past year, launching major offensives in the northwestern district of Swat and the tribal region of South Waziristan. Washington says militants use Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt to plot and stage attacks in Afghanistan, where more than 120,000 NATO and US troops are helping Afghan forces battle the Taliban militia.
Copyright 2010 AFP. All rights reserved.

03-08-2010, 09:56 PM
Time differences can be hard to figure, but it appear he was fine 12 hours(ish) ago, after the timeline in the story.

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03-08-2010, 10:06 PM
Dangerous place to live recently, we don't know how lucky we are.

jack grebe
03-08-2010, 10:10 PM
we don't know how lucky we are.
Well said....................however, as humans we adapt:o

03-08-2010, 10:33 PM
It was around 8:15

I can't write what I really want to say about that because I am very cross from thinking about the sort of people that would set off a carbomb in peak-hour traffic.

Hope you and yours are safe and well Syed.

03-09-2010, 07:39 AM
Thank you, elf and all for the kind thoughts.
Yesterday's explosion was pretty close to our house about 3 km straight line distance. We were preparing to leave for our works when the jolt with an explosion was felt and heard.

Brian is right as I attended the daily Bilge ritual in the evening (PST):)

03-09-2010, 07:41 AM
Yesterday's explosion was pretty close to our house about 3 km straight line distance. :)

Sympathy to all those involved....Stay safe, Syed and family.

03-09-2010, 07:49 AM
G'day Syed, and you worried about us in a bit of wet weather..........................!

Russ Manheimer
03-09-2010, 08:07 AM
Thought of you immediately. Stay as safe as you can.


03-09-2010, 08:34 AM
How big across is Model Town? I've looked at it on Google but have no concept of what the diameter of that neighborhood is at this point.

03-09-2010, 08:58 AM
Approximately 3 km flat to flat. Model Town is only 'A' to 'K' blocks, a perfect square with a round park in the centre.

03-09-2010, 05:18 PM
Take care, Sir....

03-09-2010, 05:51 PM
It's good to know you're safe, Syed.

Stay that way! :D

03-10-2010, 05:37 AM
Hang in there Brother and sod the mongrels who visit atrocities like that on innocent people

03-10-2010, 02:33 PM
Thanks a lot.

Hang in there Brother and sod the mongrels who visit atrocities like that on innocent people

Not a justification for these acts but they are being provoked.

When a family is hit by some kind of missile, in most of the cases the young boys (if) surviving these attacks disappear from the area for good.

With their history of being extremely revengeful, we, in Pakistan have entered into perpetual cycle of troubles.

03-10-2010, 03:04 PM
As stated above, we (United States citizens and others who don't have to worry about a car bomb going off as we go about our daily business :() don't appreciate how blessed we are.

- M

03-10-2010, 03:41 PM
As stated above, we (United States citizens and others who don't have to worry about a car bomb going off as we go about our daily business :() don't appreciate how blessed we are.

- MI do. Thanks to George Bush.