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Official: Car bombing kills about 30 in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - It's one of the deadliest attacks in
Pakistan this year with 30 dead and at least 250 wounded after
gunmen detonated a car bomb in Lahore.
The explosion happened near police and intelligence agency
offices. Authorities say at least four men with rifles stepped from
the car and opened fire on the intelligence agency building, then
set off a massive blast when security guards returned fire.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik suggested the attack could be
retaliation for the government's military offensive to rout Taliban
militants from the northwestern Swat Valley.
Lahore is the country's second-largest city and sits near the
Indian border. Assaults there have heightened fears that militancy
in nuclear-armed Pakistan is spreading well beyond the northwest
region bordering Afghanistan.
Police said two suspects were detained.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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