(27 May 09 - RV)Gunmen attacked a police headquarters in the Pakistani city of Lahore
today, setting off a car-bomb that killed at least 22 people in what the government
said was revenge for an offensive against the Taliban.
was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which wounded nearly 300 people and
caused extensive damage.
It came after warnings of strikes in response
to the army's attack on militants in the Swat region in the northwest.
blast also hit after General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, was
in Islamabad for meetings with government and military leaders.
John Saldanha told us the blast also damaged the nearby cathedral: