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Pakistan Steps Up Security After Attacks

Thursday, 02 September 2010 05:16 AM

LAHORE, Pakistan — Police intensified their patrols and street markets remained closed on Thursday in a section of the city where three suicide bombers killed dozens of people the day before in attacks on Shiite Muslim worshippers, The New York Times reports.

Authorities on Thursday raised the toll from the attacks to 31 dead and 280 injured as the city prepared for funerals for the victims.

The explosions on Wednesday set off violent clashes between local police officers and protesters infuriated by the attacks. Protests over the attacks were held here and in other cities, including Karachi and Rawalpindi.

Pakistani officials said two attackers detonated explosives as the gathering was dispersing on Wednesday, scattering bodies into the streets and sowing panic among the thousands observing an annual Shiite day of mourning. A third bomber struck about 20 minutes later in a packed city square as many of the worshippers were leaving.

As rescuers rushed to reach the wounded, demonstrations broke out in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city and the site of regular bombings and other attacks by militant groups. Protesters set fire to police vans and tried to burn a police station. They marched through the streets, chanting slogans that condemned the Taliban, whom demonstrators blamed for the attacks, and the police, who were blamed for failing to prevent it.

“This is lack of security,” said one demonstrator, Glalib Abbas, who cried and beat his chest and head as he walked through the streets in bloodstained clothes.

The police called in paramilitary reinforcements and fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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