LAHORE: Three bombs exploded at a Shiite procession in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday with an increasing number of deaths of 28 people and wounding 170 more, increasing the pressure on a government already overwhelmed by the floods.
Police said two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the crowd, after a lull in violence during the flood, the type of attack that the Pakistani Taliban militants have claimed in the past.
Sajjad Bhutta, a top official in Lahore, told Reuters the death toll rose to 20, with at least 170 wounded. Emergency services said 25 died. Some sources said the death toll stands at 28. Shortly after the bombings in Lahore, a mob set fire to a police station. People also hit the policemen, witnesses said.
The renewed violence came as millions of Pakistanis continue to struggle for food and water more than a month after the worst floods in the country s history, deepening concerns about the stability of the countries.
The floods have devastated the economy of Pakistan, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, said, with massive job losses and inflation should hurt a country whose stability is vital to the U.S. war against militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan.