US, UN condemn Pakistan bombings
Washington: The US and the UN on Friday condemned the bombings in Pakistan`s Lahore city that left 48 people dead.
"The coordinated multiple attacks in Lahore demonstrate the suffering that violent extremist elements are willing to inflict on the people of Pakistan, people who only wish to go about their daily lives in peace," Xinhua reported quoting US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
At least 48 people were killed and 95 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in Lahore on Friday. After these attacks, five successive low-intensity blasts rocked the city. There was, however, no casualty in these blasts.
"There is no justification for killing innocent people," Hillary said in a statement, adding the US will continue to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Pakistan in their aspirations for peace and security".
Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned the spate of deadly bombings in Pakistan, including suicide attacks that killed up to 45 people in Lahore.
"The Secretary General condemns the series of attacks in Pakistan," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
The UN "reiterates that no cause can justify such inhuman and indiscriminate acts of violence," the statement added.
Pakistani authorities suspect militants linked to al Qaeda are behind the attacks, which were the deadliest in Pakistan this year.
Lahore, a city of eight million near Pakistan`s border with India, has been increasingly subject to Taliban and al Qaeda-linked attacks in a nationwide bombing campaign that has killed more than 3,000 people in three years.
(With IANS inputs)
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