Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills 6 in Lahore
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Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills 6 in Lahore

THE Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least six people and injured 18 in Lahore.

A suicide bombing in the capital of Punjab province ripped through a military vehicle, killing four soldiers and two civilian bystanders on Wednesday. The military personnel were reportedly taking part in Pakistan’s census – the country of 200 million people’s first in 19 years.

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A wealthy city and the second largest in Pakistan, Lahore had been considered relatively safe until a spate of recent attacks. Nevertheless, the TTP had previously targeted the bomb site in 2009, which was an elite police training school.

The Punjabi capital is still reeling from a deadly bombing in February which killed 15 people and injured 87 in front of the Punjab provincial assembly. Several policemen were among the dead, which the TTP said was part of a renewed campaign against the government.

It also claimed responsibility for a bombing in Lahore last year on Easter that killed more than 70 people in a public park.

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Messages of condemnation and condolences for the victims flowed from prominent Pakistanis, including former cricketer and parliamentarian Imran Khan.

A string of attacks has put pressure on Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government to improve security and flared tensions with neighbouring Afghanistan.