Two blasts strike Lahore for death toll of 50 just before Friday Prayer.

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1) Rescue workers and paramedics rushed to the R A Bazaar following the two blasts. – (File Photo)

2) Army soldiers cordon off the area of bombing in Lahore. Panic fripped Lahore after it was rocked by a twin-suicide attack that killed at least 50 people, followed by a series of low-intensity explosions. –AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary

Two blasts strike Lahore Cantt: police

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Friday, 12 Mar, 2010||Rabi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431
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LAHORE: Two explosions ripped through a market in Lahore as crowds gathered for Friday prayers, police said.Panic and fear gripped Lahore on Friday after it was rocked by a twin-suicide attack that killed at least 50 people, followed by a series of low-intensity explosions that made a mockery of the security apparatus.

Two suicide bombers struck in R.A. Bazaar area of the cantonment in the afternoon, killing 50 people, including eight soldiers, and injuring around 120 others. Then in the evening, six blasts shook Allama Iqbal Town and Samanabad.

Rescue workers and paramedics rushed to the R A Bazaar. The area was crowded as the blasts occurred shortly before the main Friday prayers were to start. The second blast was reported from the Saddar roundabout.

The RA Bazaar is a residential and commercial neighborhood where several army and security agencies have facilities. TV channels showed security forces swarming the area as bystanders rushed the injured into ambulances.

“We have sent our teams to the site to ascertain the kind of blasts, where they took place and the losses,” police official Mohammad Shafiq-ur-Rehman told AFP. Another police official also confirmed two explosions were heard.

Eye witnesses reported that there was firing before the blast.

According to police officials two suicide bombers detonated themselves in a parking lot and mosque in the area.

According to military sources, military officials are among the critically injured. Sources claimed that an army convoy was targeted but most of the dead were civilians.

The blasts came four days after a suicide car bomber destroyed offices used to interrogate suspected militants in an upmarket district of Lahore.

Courtesy : Dawn & AP.

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