Suicide blast hits court in Pakistan; police say at least 20 killed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

At least 20 people are dead in a suicide bomb attack today in eastern Pakistan.

Officials and witnesses say the bomber blew himself up in front of a courthouse in Lahore where police guards had been deployed because of a planned protest by lawyers. An Associated Press photographer at the scene reports seeing more than two dozen people dead or injured, including police and civilians. Some were lying in pools of blood, crying for help.

A police operations chief says the bomber parked a motorbike near the guards before running up to the police barrier and blowing himself up. The chief says 19 police officers and one civilian were killed. Another police official says more than 50 others were wounded.

There's been no claim of responsibility for the attack, which adds to the turmoil in Pakistan ahead of next month's delayed parliamentary elections. Suspicion will likely fall on Islamic militants.

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