Several killed in Lahore blast (Lead)

May 27th, 2009 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Lahore, May 27 (IANS) Several people were killed when a massive blast shook the Civil Lines area of Pakistan’s Lahore city Wednesday morning.
The blast occurred in 15 Building adjacent to CCPO office, where the additional inspector general of police sits, reported The News.

Gunshots were also heard in the area after the explosion that shattered the windowpanes of nearby buildings and destroyed many vehicles.

The entire building, described as the provincial headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) by Geo TV anchor Hamid Mir, was said to have collapsed.

Mir told a television channel that about 40 people could have been killed and more than 100 injured. The two attackers, he said, probably came in an ambulance.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and shifted the injured and bodies to hospitals. Emergency has been announced in local hospitals.

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