24 killed in Lahore suicide attack; 320 injured
Updated : Wednesday May 27 , 2009 10:40:09 AM
LAHORE (Mian Aslam, Wudood Mushtaq, Nasrullah Malik): In a suicide attack at Mall Road area of Lahore 24 persons were killed and around 320 people were injured, ARY OneWorld reports citing locla police officials.
The deceased include many policemen and officials of an intelligence agency, it was reported. The injured were admitted at Ganga Rama Hospital and Mayo Hospital of Lahore.
According to early reports thirty persons more than 20 people were died on spot and scores of others were injured in a suicide attack outside the Rescue 15 building at Lahore's Mall Road near the GPO Chowk on Saturday.
The buildings of Rescue 15 and adjacent CCPO office were collapsed in the attack. Police have arrested six suspect from the scene of the blast and other areas.
Police sources said some 40 persons are on duty in the Rescue 15 building. Rescue teams rushed to the point to start relief work. The area, including offices of security agencies, has been cordoned off by the agencies. The powerful blast was heard even outside the radius of one kilometre, it was reported.
According to reports the building of Rescue 15 was completely razed to ground while a portion of the nearby CCPO Lahore office was also collapsed in the attack. The rescuers were trying to take out the people trapped under the debris of the collapsed buildings.
The sounds of firing were also heard after the blast, eyewitnesses said.
Emergency has been declared at all the hospitals of Lahore. The forces have cordoned off the area after the blast.
At least 40 vehicles were destroyed in the attack.
According to reports 80 to 90 kilogram explosives were used in the blast.
Meanwhile, CCPO Lahore has confirmed 24 casualties in the blast while according to him more than 230 were injured.
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