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Pakistan terror attacks dent Lahore's safest city image

In Pakistan's second terror attack of the day, twin blasts ripped through a market in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday evening, killing more than 40 and injuring more than 100.

A man runs past a blaze after a bomb explosion killed 12 at a market in Lahore Monday.

Mohsin Raza/REUTERS

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A day of carnage in Pakistan was capped by twin blasts that ripped through a crowded marketplace in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday evening, killing more than 40 and injuring more than 100, according to the provincial law minister.

Earlier, a suicide bomb in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed more than 11, bringing the day's death toll to more than 50. Although no group has claimed responsibility for either attack, most analysts believe the blasts are linked and that the Pakistani Taliban is behind them.

"This is the work of the same terrorists whom our Army is fighting in Swat and Waziristan," provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told the Monitor while visiting the site of the bombing. The targeting of Lahore's Moon Market area signaled a "new pattern" in terror attacks in the city, as nearly all previous blasts were aimed at the police or intelligence agencies, he added. Officials said the bombs were detonated remotely.

Rescue efforts continue

Rescue workers continued to dig through the rubble of buildings late into the night, hoping to find more survivors.

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