Suicide bomb attack kills 43 in Lahore

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Pakistan was confronting what appeared to be a new wave of militant violence after at least 43 people were killed and more than a hundred injured by suicide bombers in Lahore.

In the fourth major incident this week, two bombers on foot struck at military vehicles within seconds of each other in the cantonment area of the city, creating gruesome scenes and terrorising locals. Ten soldiers were among the dead. One witness, Afzal Awan, told reporters: "I saw smoke rising everywhere. A lot of people were crying."

He added that many of the wounded, lying in pools of blood, were missing limbs. The attack was the latest in a series of deadly incidents this week after a period when the country's main cities have largely been spared militant violence. On Monday, a suicide car bomber struck a building in Lahore used by police to interrogate high-value suspects, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens. Militants also attacked the offices of the international charity World Vision, in the north-west district of Mansehra. Six people were killed.

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