March 12th, 2010
07:27 AM ET

At least 39 killed in Pakistan bombings

LAHORE, Pakistan - Twin suicide blasts killed at least 39 people and injured 95 others Friday in a high security area with a dense military presence, local police said.

The suicide assailants targeted military convoys, approaching on foot and detonating their explosives 15 to 20 seconds apart, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah said on local television. Five of the dead were Pakistani soldiers, he said.

The blasts ripped through a busy market area of Pakistan's second most populous city. The streets were crowded just before the start of Friday prayers, according to CNN affiliate Geo TV.

Earlier this week, gunmen entered a North West Frontier Province compound of the humanitarian agency World Vision, threw grenades, opened fire on the staff inside and detonated a homemade bomb before leaving, according to a World Vision statement.

The violence comes amid a Pakistani crackdown on militants that has resulted in the arrests of top Taliban operatives.

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