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    Eleven killed in Pakistan's Lahore city blast

    Eleven killed in Pakistan's Lahore city blast




    At least 11 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, police say.

    More than 60 others were injured when an explosives-laden car rammed into a building of a federal investigative agency, they said.

    The amount of explosives was so large it brought down the two-storey building, correspondents say.

    Close to the country's border with India, Lahore has been hit several times by militants over the past year.

    'Total chaos'

    The police said that the blast had taken place at a building housing the offices of the anti-terrorism wing of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the Model Town area of Lahore.

    Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

    ATTACKS ON LAHORE
    3 March 2009: Gunmen kill six police guards in an ambush on the Sri Lanka cricket team
    30 March 2009: Gunmen attack a police academy, killing eight people
    27 May 2009: A car bomb attack on police buildings kills at least 23


    The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says the emergency services are working to free those trapped under the rubble.

    Passers by, including children on their way to school, were said to be among the dead and injured.

    Lahore police chief Pervaiz Rathore told reporters: "It was a suicide attack. We have heard that 40 to 50 people were in the [investigation agency] building when the incident happened. Rescue work is in progress."

    He said the targeted office was used to interrogate "important suspects" but there were no such suspects inside during the attack.

    Eyewitness Noorul Huda, a student at a religious school, said he was in class when an explosion shook the area.

    "With the huge bang, blocks and pieces of the roof fell upon us and six of us were wounded," he said.

    "It was total chaos outside and people were running and crying for help."

    FIA offices in Lahore have been the target of two suicide attacks in the past years. More than 26 people died in those attacks.

    There have been a number of other explosions in Lahore over the past year.

    Last December, two bomb blasts at a busy market killed at least 48 people and injured more than 100.


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